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Foreign arrivals at Tokyo Narita slump 60% since quake

25-Mar-2011 10:20 AM

Japan Immigration Bureau's Narita branch spokesman Taichi Iseki stated the number of foreigners arriving at Tokyo Narita International Airport between 11-Mar-2011, when the earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, and 22-Mar-2011, has declined by around 60% year-on-year to around 67,000 arrivals (Kyodo News/The Nikkei/Japan Times/OANA News/Bloomberg, 24-Mar-2011). In contrast, foreigners departing Japan over the period increased by around 20,000 to around 190,000 people. The Bureau stated of the departing passengers, around 6000 applied for permits for re-entry into Japan at a special counter established at the airport, suggesting their departure may be temporary. Among Japanese nationals, both departures and arrivals at Narita declined by around 100,000 to around 200,000 each way. The number of foreigners departing from Narita peaked at around 40,000 on 13-Mar-2011, the day after Japanese authorities expanded the evacuation zone around the unstable nuclear power station in Fukushima Prefecture to areas within a 20km radius.