A car drives through a flooded road after heavy rain in Miyakonojo City. Photo: AP

Japan’s worst summer ever: how grey skies and economic concerns have rained on holidaymakers’ parade

  • Japan’s beaches, parks and swimming pools would normally be packed with holidaymakers enjoying the sunshine, but not this year
  • The average Japanese household plans to spend just over 68,000 yen (US$631) on summer holidays – that’s 16,000 yen less than last year
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A car drives through a flooded road after heavy rain in Miyakonojo City. Photo: AP
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Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall never expected to still be in Japan 24 years after he first arrived, but he quickly realised its advantages over his native London. He lives in Yokohama with his wife and children and writes for publications around the world.