The Japanese government granted a record number of visas for foreign nationals in 2018, as more people from China visit the country.
The Foreign Ministry says the country's embassies and consulates issued more than 6.95 million visas last year. That's up 19 percent from the previous year, and a record high.
Chinese visitors accounted for 78 percent of the total, with more than 5.44 million visas issued. About 347,800 visas were issued to people from the Philippines, 286,900 for Vietnamese, and 242,800 for Indonesians.
More than 4.88 million tourist visas were issued for Chinese visitors. That's up 24 percent year-on-year.
Ministry officials expect the number of visas issued to keep rising in the run-up to the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games next year.