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Thursday, 6th October 2011
In Japan Travel News,

Tourist confidence bolsters industry recovery in Japan

Restored tourist confidence in the containment of nuclear contamination following the Fukushima disaster is set to see the Japanese tourism industry fully recover by the end of next year.

That is according to a report from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), which suggested the appreciating yen also boosted overseas travel to the country.

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda told the WTTC he was grateful its Global Summit would bring industry leaders to Sendai and Tokyo in April 2012.

David Scowsill, president and chief executive officer of the WTTC, said: "It sends a clear message about our commitment to showing that Japan in general, and the Tohoku region in particular, have recovered from the tragic events of March 11th."

He added it was ready to rediscover Japan's position among the word's premier tourism destinations.

This October 17th, visitors to Japan might like to participate in the Grand Autumn Festival taking place in Toshogu Shrine, Nikko.

The celebration sees 800 locals dressed in traditional samurai outfits take part in a one kilometre parade between the Futarasan-Jinja Shrine of Sannai to the Otabisho.

Posted by Graham McPherson  

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