Japan’s Sankei Shimbun reported on Wednesday
that the decision by Korean carriers including Korean Air to cut flights to Japan could hurt
provincial tourism in Japan. The newspaper attributed the decision to suspend
some routes to Japan to lower demand due to the strained relationship between Seoul and
Tokyo. It said tour businesses in provincial areas
would inevitably be affected by the change as more than 60 routes to Japan from South
Korea will see reductions. The Japan Tourism Agency said on Wednesday
that about 560-thousand South Koreans visited Japan in July, down 7-point-6 percent on year.