The Kyushu Transportation Office has revealed that 2016 saw approximately 1,300,000 Korean passengers using ferries connecting Hakata (Fukuoka Prefecture), Shimonoseki (Yamaguchi Prefecture), Tsushima (Nagasaki Prefecture) and Busan (South Korea). This was a 7.7% increase compared to 2015 and is the first time that figures have exceeded the one million mark since they started recording the number of people using these vessels in 1999. The Tsushima~Busan route was the busiest it has been to date; including Japanese travelers, a total of 580,600 passengers are said to have used ferries connecting the two destinations. The number of Japanese people using passenger ships linking these various locations increased to 144,000, up 11.1% on 2015. Overall, the number of passengers, including travelers from outside Japan or Korea, increased by 7.9%, amounting to 1.19 million. Source: Sankei Shimbun, 6/7/2017
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