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Volume 7 No. 149
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Rugby World Cup To Provide Boost To Japanese Tourism Industry

With seven months until the Rugby World Cup, organizing committee CEO Akira Shimazu said Thursday that the number of foreign fans set to attend the quadrennial tournament has far "exceeded his expectations," according to Ayano Shimizu of KYODO. He said that the event will see about 500,000 tickets sold to foreign fans who will travel throughout Japan, including Kamaishi in the country's northeast -- a city that "hopes to showcase its recovery" from the '11 earthquake and tsunami. While most foreign arrivals last year were from Asian countries -- with only 7% from traditional rugby nations such as Britain -- Shimazu said that the Rugby World Cup "will allow Japan to introduce its attractions to first-time visitors." He said, "I'm sure the lineup of inbound tourists will change drastically with the Rugby World Cup in Japan and that will be a big legacy to be left after the tournament" (KYODO, 2/21).