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Japan's Tourist Capital

  Justin Aukema In recent decades Japanese tourism has been booming. The number of tourists to Japan has steadily increased, reaching astounding numbers. The Covid era saw a slump in tourism, but this has basically rebounded now to pre-Covid days. Meanwhile, average Japanese have taken this stoically. Some mass media has pointed out how there is a love-hate relationship with tourism among average people in Japan. Hate for the massive overcrowding and overconcentration of tourist destinations, often to the point that they impede residents' regular day-to-day business. And love for the tourist dollars. Or, the supposed tourist dollars anyway. Because, after all, does tourism really help the economy? The common assumption in Japan anyway is obviously yes. But this is a highly superficial understanding. In this essay I argue A. tourism is a terrible organizing principle for an economy and society and B. tourism doesn’t help the “economy” as much as people think. Now, it should be menti

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