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Japan's rural economies cash in on foreign tourists

Visitors spent over 1 trillion yen outside big cities in 2018, government says

More foreign tourists to Japan are venturing farther away from Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka, and to places like Kanazawa, the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture, in central Japan. (Photo by Nobuyoshi Shioda)

TOKYO -- Foreign tourist spending in rural parts of Japan is surging faster than it is nationwide.

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