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Taiwan bookseller Eslite flips page as China openings stall

New Tokyo store will mark first entry into non-Chinese-speaking market

The first Eslite Spectrum, seen here in Taiwan, was followed by additional shopping centers in Hong Kong and mainland China.

TAIPEI/TOKYO -- Taiwan's Eslite Spectrum, the most famous bookstore operator in the Chinese-speaking world, will step into the wider market for the first time with a new location in Tokyo next year as its expansion into mainland China stalls amid a broad clampdown on content.

The chain, which made news network CNN's list of the world's best bookstores in 2015, also has its eye on Kuala Lumpur, Chairwoman Mercy Wu told the Nikkei Asian Review.

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