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Japan looks to juice up lackluster nightlife

Tourists want more to do after dinner as government targets nighttime economy

The last performance of “Wa!” starts at 8 p.m. at a hotel in Tokyo’s Shinagawa district. The government wants to see more nightlife like this to beef up the economy.

TOKYO -- As the number of overseas tourists to Japan grows sharply, the scarcity of nightlife in major Japanese cities, compared with hotspots in the U.S. and Europe, has become all too apparent.

Large American and European cities offer a dazzling array of nightlife, including musicals, live performances, parties and club nights.

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