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Foreigners propping up Japan's wedding industry

Japanese Americans from Hawaii pose at Shibuya's famous "scramble intersection" in Tokyo as part of their wedding photo shoot.

TOKYO -- June is considered to be the month of weddings, and Japan is no exception. But these days, a group of girlfriends in fancy dresses apparently heading to or coming back from a wedding has become a less common sight. The days of lavish weddings are gone. Couples are increasingly opting for simple weddings or no wedding at all -- one in two now merely submit a piece of paper.

But the shrinking Japanese wedding industry has found a savior. The number of foreign couples tying the knot in Japan has grown rapidly in recent years.

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