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Kyoto visitors in 2006: 48.39 million
Source: Kyoto Municipal Government
Kyoto city authorities estimated over 48 million people visited Kyoto in 2006. Up 2.4% or 1.12 million visitors from 2005, the sixth consecutive yearly rise in the number of tourists visiting Japan's ancient, cultural capital.
The huge number, more than double the total for London for example, is mostly made up of domestic Japanese tourists making short day trips or short stays of three days or less.
The number of foreign tourists was 803,000, also up 10% from the previous year and including an increasing number of Chinese visitors, as Kyoto's tourist associations seek to target the huge Chinese package holiday market on its doorstep.
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The statute of limitations in Japan for most major crimes including murder, rape and robbery is 25 years, extended from 15 years in 2005 - but only for crimes committed after the date the law changed. The statute of limitations expired on 37 criminal cases in Japan in 2004.
Japan adopted a statute of limitations for murder when the country formulated its current criminal law, based on Western European legal norms at the time, in the late-nineteenth century period of Meiji westernization. Thinking has subsequently changed in some European countries, prompting the Japanese government's 10-year extension of the law in 2005. In Germany, Britain and the US there is presently no statute of limitations for murder; in France it is 10 years after an investigation is closed.
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