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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

TOURISM

Taiwanese flock to Japan

Taiwanese made up the largest number of foreign visitors to Japan in the first half of the year, figures released by the Japan National Tourist Organization on Wednesday showed. Of the record high 6.26 million visitors to Japan in the first six months of the year, 1,391,000 came from Taiwan, up 35.1 percent from the previous year, the government-run agency said. South Korea ranked second with 1,276,000 visitors, down 3.3 percent from last year, it added. China was the third-largest source of foreign visitors with 1,009,200, up by 88.25 percent. Overall, visitor numbers rose by 1.3 million from the first half of last year, which analysts attributed to the yen’s depreciation and increased flights to Tokyo’s Haneda airport. Considering the growth in the first half, the total number of international visitors to Japan for the whole year is likely to reach 12 million, the Japan Tourism Agency said.

DIPLOMACY

Spensley to head AIT center

The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) yesterday said that Alys Spensley had begun her tenure as cultural affairs officer in the Public Diplomacy Section. Spensley concurrently serves as director of the AIT’s American Center, succeeding Robert Ryan, it added. She is responsible for strengthening educational and cultural ties between the US and Taiwan. Spensley previously served in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs as a staff assistant, and as policy and coordination officer in the US Department of State’s Office of Public Diplomacy from 2011 to last year. Prior to that, she served as cultural affairs officer and 2010 expo liaison officer in Shanghai, and was stationed at the US embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal. Spensley previously worked as a financial analyst and conducted research in China’s Yunnan Province.

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