Japanese retail sales rose for a ninth straight month in November, data showed on Tuesday, as the lifting of Covid-19 border controls and the government’s domestic travel subsidy helped consumer demand.
Data showed that visitor arrivals to Japan jumped to nearly 1 million in November, the first full month after the country scrapped Covid-19 curbs that effectively halted tourism for more than two years.
A government domestic travel subsidy campaign to help the pandemic-hit tourism industry, which started in mid-October, also encouraged people to spend on travel and travel goods.
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