Number of foreign visitors to Japan reaches new record

The number of foreign visitors to Japan reached a new monthly record in July, The Japan Times reported. Some 2,681,500 people visited the country from overseas during the month, a 16.8 percent increase from July 2016. 

In the first seven months of 2017, Japan saw the number of foreign visitors increase by 17.3 percent from the same period last year. 

The Japanese Tourism Agency, which released the data, related the increase in overseas travelers in July to the growing availability of low-cost flights, as well as summer vacation demand. 

Tourism in the country is set to receive an even greater boost in 2020, when Tokyo will host the Olympic Games. The Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government recently announced that they intend to recruit more than 90,000 volunteers to support the games, The Japan Times reported. 

The two organizations will begin selecting volunteers in the summer of 2018. Jobs will be divided into two main categories: supporting the venues and guiding visitors to local tourism spots and transportation hubs. 

"We want to boost the public's appetite for volunteering," said an official of the metropolitan government, the source noted. 

Some 2,681,500 people visited the country in July.