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Japan's reopening lifts department stores, but Chinese shoppers still wanted

Duty-free sales start on road to recovery, helped by weak yen

Inbound shoppers are starting to return to Japan's department stores. (Photo by Makoto Okada)

TOKYO -- Big department store chains have been among the first beneficiaries of Japan's reopening as a weak yen helps international travelers spend more in the country.

Duty-free sales for October, announced on Tuesday, show a significant improvement over the same month last year, with one chain, Daimaru Matsuzakaya, reporting a nearly sixfold gain.

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