Visits to Japan top 1 million
The number of visits made by Taiwanese to Japan between January and last month has surpassed 1 million, the Japan National Tourism Organization said yesterday. Japan recorded 1.02 million visits from Taiwan, an increase of 49.4 percent from the same period of last year, the organization said. Depreciation of the Japanese yen and an increasing number of budget flights have helped Japan attract the highest number of foreign visitors in five years, it said. The organization said the number of visits made by foreign travelers increased by 22.8 percent from last year to 4.95 million, exceeding the previous record of 4.33 million in the first six months of 2008. Visitors from 10 countries, mostly in Southeast Asia, made up the bulk of the total, with travelers from Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia increasing by more than 50 percent, the organization said.
French-speakers to visit
A group of 28 young adults from French-speaking countries will visit Taiwan next week to learn more about the local culture and increase mutual understanding, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. Coming from countries such as France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Burkina Faso, Madagascar, Sao Tome and Principe, and Haiti. The young adults are scheduled to visit Taiwan from Sunday through Aug. 9 to attend the International Youth Taiwan Camp program and meet with their Taiwanese counterparts, ministry officials said. Themed “Discovering Taiwan,” this year’s program will see the participants visit the legislature, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Straits Exchange Foundation, it said, adding that also on the itinerary are opportunities to experience the traditional art of Taiwanese glove puppetry, as well as being a farmer for a day.