NEW YORK -- Leisure travel to Japan from North America jumped 17%
in 1998 over 1997, according to the Japan National Tourist
Organization's office here.
The arrival numbers break down into a 15.9% increase from the
U.S. and a 23% increase from Canada, according to the JNTO.
Arrivals from North America last December bested 1997 figures
for the month by 26.8%, according to the organization, registering
a 27.5% increase from the U.S. and a 24.1% gain from Canada.