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Japan holds tourism expo after 4 years

Japan’s tourism industry had suffered a lot amidst the pandemic and after a four-year-long hiatus, Tokyo to hold the “Tourism Expo Japan 2022” in a bid to revive tourism.

At the expo, major players from the tourism industry, along with Japanese authorities, set up booths and invited tourists to the country.

Okinawa Prefecture is promoting “Okinawa Karate” as a new way to attract tourists while they spread awareness regarding the origin of Karate in Okinawa.

l”Okinawa is the birthplace of karate. From a small island with about one million people, karate has spread throughout the world, and it is said that there are 130 million karate enthusiasts around the world. There are many different styles of Okinawan karate, but We would like 130 million people to know that the origin of karate is Okinawa. We want people to experience what it is like in Okinawa, the birthplace of Okinawan karate, so we want them to come to Okinawa and experience it first-hand,”  said Hayato Sawada, Karate Promotion Division, Okinawa Prefectural Government.

Additionally, Okinawa Prefecture is also promoting a ‘workcation’ where people can work and enjoy a vacation.

“Okinawa has potential as a resort destination and environment. In Okinawa, there is an extraordinary everyday working life. In addition, the geographical proximity of Asia is creating new business opportunities. We believe that this style of work and vacation in Okinawa is the best way to combine tourism, work, and industry,” said Yuichiro Kawamura, Okinawa Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Japan has significantly eased entry from foreign countries due to the reduction of coronavirus cases.

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