By  on May 18, 2011

TOKYO — As Japan begins the long process of recovery and rebuilding after the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck March 11, members of its fashion industry are thinking of ways to lure back international buyers, even while some major events are still being canceled.

The Japan National Tourism Organization reported a 50.3 percent drop in the number of foreign visitors to Japan in March, compared to the same month last year. A spokesman for the JNTO said the organization isn’t making any predictions as to when or by how much these numbers will begin to increase again, but many in the industry are trying to do what they can to spur a revival.

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