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Tourists to Japan boosted spending 13% in April-June

Tally tops $8bn, reaching record as visitor numbers grow

Tourists in Kyoto. Visitors from the U.K., Italy and elsewhere in Europe stayed longer and spent more in Japan during the April-June period.

TOKYO -- Travel expenditures by visitors to Japan increased 13% year on year to 1.07 trillion yen ($8.37 billion) in the quarter ended in June, the Japan Tourism Agency said Wednesday.

The figure is the highest for a quarter since the survey began in the April-June quarter of 2010. A steady rise in tourists from such places as South Korea and Hong Kong pushed up the total.

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