U.S., Canada visitors increase

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.

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