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Japan animation blockbuster sparks bittersweet tourism boom

A municipal library in the city of Hida, Gifu Prefecture, is said to have served as the model for a fictional library in the animated hit film "Kimi no Na wa" ("Your Name").

GIFU/NAGANO, Japan -- Fans of the Japanese animated blockbuster "Kimi no Na wa" ("Your Name") are flocking to locations thought to have been used in the film, creating a sudden tourism boom for those locales. Local governments want to build on the momentum by shouting about the movie from the rooftops, but they being forced to stay silent. The reason? Copyrights.

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