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Asian tourists push Japan visitor spending tally to record $40bn

Figures for 2017 also hint at a need to adapt to travelers' changing habits

Tourists check out Tokyo's Asakusa district. (Photo by Maho Obata)

TOKYO -- International visitors to Japan spent a record 4.41 trillion yen ($39.87 billion) in 2017, with tourists from the rest of Asia driving much of the growth, fresh statistics show.

Overall tourist spending increased 17.8% from 2016, crossing the 4 trillion yen mark for the first time, according to preliminary data released by the Japan Tourism Agency on Tuesday. The number of travelers also grew 19.3% on the year to a new high of 28.69 million.

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