Japanese Businesses Hurting As S.koreans Stay Away

Japanese businesses hurting as S.Koreans stay away

Japanese businesses that rely on tourism are taking a hit amid rising political tensions between Japan and South Korea. The number of South Korean sightseers has plunged.

Osaka's Dotonbori area is a popular draw for foreign tourists.

The owner of a food shop there selling takoyaki, or octopus dumplings, says South Koreans used to make up 25 percent of his customers. But now he says they account for just 10 percent.

He lamented that South Koreans are canceling their travel plans due to strained relations between the countries.

Arima Onsen, a hot spring resort in western Japan, welcomes many hotel guests from South Korea during the country's September holiday season. But their numbers are expected to drop sharply this year.

An 800-year-old Japanese-style inn says reservations this autumn from South Korea were one-fourth what they were a year ago.

A local tourist association is trying to offset the lack of South Korean tourists by cooperating with travel agencies in other foreign countries.