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Japan retailers expand duty-free shops as Chinese tourists return

Yamada Holdings and Matsumoto Kiyoshi prepare for end of border controls

Japanese department stores have high expectations for spending by a potential influx of Chinese visitors after the COVID testing requirement is lifted. 

TOKYO -- Japanese retailers are preparing for a full return of Chinese tourists, increasing duty-free locations and hiring multilingual staff, as Japan is set to relax border measures for people travelling from China on Wednesday.

Yamada Holdings, Japan's largest volume retailer of electronics and appliances, will increase duty-free locations by 50% while major drugstore chain MatsukiyoCocokara has raised the number of such stores by 20%.

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