(Central News Agency, Tokyo, 22nd, comprehensive foreign news report) was affected by the deterioration of Japan-Korea relations. During the holiday season in Japan during the Bon festival, the number of passengers using the high-speed ships to and from Japan’s Hakata Port and South Korea’s Busan Port was reduced by nearly half compared with the same period last year. If you look at the number of South Korean passengers, the sharp drop is about 70%.

According to the Japan Broadcasting Association (NHK), according to the JR Kyushu Express Shipping Company, which operates high-speed ships, the total number of passengers was 3,728 within 10 days of the 18th of this month, a significant decrease of 46.6% compared with the same period last year.

Among them, there were 2,633 Japanese passengers, a decrease of 32.9% compared with the same period of last year; South Korean passengers were only 833, a sharp decrease of 69.5% compared with the same period of last year.

Among the passengers on the high-speed boat, South Korean passengers only accounted for 22.4%, a decrease of 16.8 percentage points from the same period last year.

There will be such a significant reduction in the number of passengers. The JR Kyushu Express Shipping Company believes that in addition to the deterioration of Japan-Korea relations, the people of both sides will reduce their willingness to visit each other. In addition, the typhoon caused the suspension of eight shipping classes.

Although the JR Kyushu Expressway Company can only wait and see the changes in Japan-Korea relations, it still expects to “go back to the previous level as soon as possible.”

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