Tourist arrivals from Malaysia have increased by 41% in Japan over the course of last year. Japan received 249,500 tourists from Malaysia in 2014, in comparison to only 176,712 Malaysian tourist arrivals in 2013. The number of Malaysian tourist arrivals is the highest ever received by Japan since 2006.
The Head of Consular Office of Japan - Hirofumi Morikawa - stated that most of these tourists were Muslim travellers. The rise in numbers is believed to a result of the many Muslim-friendly facilities - such as prayer rooms and halal restaurants - that were recently set up in Japan in a bid to reach out to the Muslim travel market.
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