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Japan reaches out to devout travelers with religious accommodations

Prayer rooms and halal food are part of a drive to attract 40 million foreign visitors by 2020

Tokyo Station is one of the main gateways to the Japanese capital.

TOKYO -- A prayer room opened in Tokyo Station on Monday, the latest effort by Japan to attract more Muslims, Buddhists and other religiously observant tourists from Asia.

The 8-sq.-meter space is located in the station's travel service center. The space, open from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., is small, with room for two people to pray simultaneously. But it has a faucet to allow Muslims to perform wudu, or ritual washing before praying.

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