Keiichi Ishii, the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport. and Tourism (MILT) declared that the total number of foreigners visiting Japan thsi year as of Dec.19 has exceeded 19,000,000 on Dec.22nd. (http://www.mlit.go.jp/en/index.html)
The number 19 million is already higher than the total number of the visitors in the year 2014 which was 13,41 million and reflects the rapid ongoing growth of the number of foreigners in Japan. This year 2015, the total number in the first half of year was 9,14 million and the verocy seems accelerating.
The sources of the growth are something like the week Yen rate, relaxiations of visa systems, the expansions of objects of duty free items for foreign tourists, and so forth. The Japanese government now has decided to increase the total budgets for tourism related arrangements from this year’s 10,390 million yen to 24,550 million yen (+14580 million yen). This abrupt and huge increase implies the huge expectation of the government of the growing inbound markets and revenues created by the related industries.