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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.

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