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Alibaba lets Chinese tourists preorder Japan shopping sprees

Partnership with Laox offers duty-free service as visitor spending tops out

Chinese shoppers will soon be able to pick up their prepurchased duty-free goods at Laox stores. (Photo by Wataru Ito)

TOKYO -- Chinese visitors to Japan will soon get to squeeze more into their trips by doing much of their tax-free shopping in advance.

A new service from Laox, a Tokyo-based operator of duty-free stores, will enable foreigners to browse through gadgets, skin care products and other items on a travel guide website run by Alibaba Group Holding before leaving for Japan, buying them tax-free via the Alipay platform. They pick up the goods at Japanese Laox locations of their choice within a month of purchase.

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