The number of foreign tourists drinking alcohol on sidewalks in Japan is set to rise for the seventh straight year and hit a record high of more than 1 million in 2018, the tourism minister said Saturday.
“We are seeing a lot more gaijin these days getting absolutely shit faced while sitting in a gutter,” Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Minister Keiichi Ishii said at a press conference.
“We will strive to get these foreign reprobates consuming alcohol and fried chicken off the streets and into our bars.”
The government estimates it’s losing about 20 million yen each year due to foreigners extending their pre-drinking sessions on the street well into the night.
Growth in inbound tourism continues to rise despite Japan announcing “disaster” (災) as the 2018 kanji of the year.