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Overseas tourists are changing the face of Japan

Visitors tame a rough Osaka neighborhood and breathe new life into ski resorts

OSAKA -- As international travelers flood into Japan, the face of Airin, a working-class district in Osaka, is changing.

Airin was long known as a town of day laborers who eked out a living doing odd jobs and stayed in flop houses. But as the decades passed, the business of offering cheap daily lodging grew more precarious as the local population aged.

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