The number of Japanese tourists engaging in international travel has shown a relatively steady upward trend from 1985 to 1995. In this ten year period, the number of Japanese tourists travelling abroad almost quadrupled, from just over 4 million in 1985 to around 15 million in 1995.
Similarly, the percentage of those tourists travelling to Australia has increased between 1985 and 1995, from 2% in 1985 to a peak of over 6% in 1993. 1994 saw a slight drop in percentage, down to 6%. The rise in percentage over the decade is generally steady, with a small drop in 1989 from approximately 4.8% down to 4.2%. This followed an unusually sharp rise in percentage from 1987 to 1988. After the drop, the percentage recovered to 4.8% the following year, and continued to rise thereafter.
Overall, it is clear that the number of Japanese tourists travelling abroad is increasing enormously, with millions more travelling internationally with each year. Of these international tourists, an increasing percentage are choosing to travel to Australia.
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