“The records are falling like ninepins“, said a delighted Bettina Kraemer of the Japanese tourist board. In 2016 more than 24 million people visited Japan, 21.8 per cent more than in 2015. However, for Japan’s prime minister Shinzō Abe that is still not enough. Kraemer added, though not altogether seriously, that he is hoping for 40 million in the year of the Olympics. Visitor numbers from Germany are rising too. In 2016 183,300 Germans visited Japan, 12.7 per cent more than the previous year.