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Tourism boom spreads economic benefits to rural Japan

Foreign visitors strike a pose in front of Kyoto's famed Kiyomizu Temple.

TOKYO (Kyodo) --  An increasing number of foreign tourists are staying at hotels and inns in rural areas of Japan, spreading the positive economic impact across the country, a government report said Tuesday.

Stays by foreign tourists outside the metropolitan areas surrounding Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya accounted for over 40 percent of the total for the first time in 2017, according to the white paper on tourism, approved by the Cabinet the same day.

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