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Japan Inc. showing renewed interest in China investment

Travel boom whets Chinese consumers’ appetite for high-quality Japanese goods

Rinnai's new gas equipment plant in Shanghai, which went online in March, and trailer-type showroom.

SHANGHAI -- After several years of shifting away from China, a growing army of Japanese manufacturers are again focusing on the massive market with new investment in their local production capacity.

Nissin Foods Holdings, for example, plans to put a new cup noodle plant into operation soon. Panasonic and Rinnai have also opened new plants recently. These and other Japanese companies are aiming to cash in on new trends in the Chinese market.

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