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Japanese budget carriers look to Asia as tourism surges

Vanilla Air and Jetstar Japan are adding international service to make better use of idle periods.

TOKYO -- With competition on domestic routes eating into passenger traffic, Japanese low-cost carriers are shifting focus to the rest of Asia to capitalize on brisk inbound tourism.

     Jetstar Japan, a Japan Airlines affiliate, debuted service between Manila and Narita Airport on Tuesday, becoming the first Japanese budget carrier to fly to the Philippine capital. CEO Gerry Turner touted the business opportunity from traffic between Japan and Manila during an event at the Tokyo-area airport to mark the occasion.

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