Japan registers rare tourism surplus

In April, the spending of foreign visitors to Japan exceeded the spending of Japanese tourists in other countries, the first time that has happened in nearly 44 years, according to Japan’s Ministry of Finance.

April’s tourism surplus was 17.7 billion yen (about $170 million), the first surplus since July 1970, when the World Expo was held in Osaka.

Japan drew 1.23 million visitors in April, a 33.4% increase from the year prior.

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