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Visitors to Japan look for cheaper, trendier buys

A foreign tourist looks for products at a Matsumoto Kiyoshi drugstore in Tokyo's Taito Ward.

TOKYO/OSAKA -- The spending habits of foreign tourists in Japan are changing, shifting away from bulk buying of expensive products toward trendier ones popular with Japanese consumers.

On the afternoon of Oct. 5, a discount electronics shop in central Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward was crowded with tourists who had come to Japan during China's weeklong National Day holiday.

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