Japanese government officials have released figures showing the extent of the damage done by the coronavirus pandemic to the tourism industry. They say spending by domestic travelers plummeted by half in the January-to-March quarter compared with a year earlier.
The officials estimate Japanese tourists spent 1.64 trillion yen, or about 15 billion dollars, at hotels, shops and restaurants during the period, when the second state of emergency was in place. That's down 50.1 percent in yen terms.
It's the second lowest amount since the survey began in 2010. The smallest figure was recorded in the April-to-June quarter last year, when the government imposed its first state of emergency.