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Overseas tourists help push travel outlays in Japan up for third year

Big increases recorded in January for visitors from Indonesia and Russia

TOKYO -- Travel-related spending in Japan rose for a third straight year in 2017 thanks to a sharp increase in consumption by foreign visitors.

Japanese and foreigners together spent 26.7 trillion yen ($248 billion) last year, up 3% from 2016, the Japan Tourism Agency said Wednesday. "Travel spending has ample room for growth," Commissioner Akihiko Tamura told reporters. Visitors to Japan accounted for 16.5% of the annual tally. Domestic overnight trips by Japanese contributed 60.1% of travel spending, with day trips making up 18.9%. 

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