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Economy

Tourists to Japan now spending more on the cheap

Inexpensive consumables are in, high-priced luxury items are out

A foreign couple looks at model food in a window at a Nadai Fuji Soba restaurant in Ueno, Tokyo.

TOKYO -- Three times a week, late at night, a convenience store near the Sensoji Temple in Tokyo receives a large shipment of a rather innocuous product.

The temple draws a huge number of foreign tourists, and the 7-Eleven convenience store nearby wants to maintain large stocks of Cororo fruit gummy candies -- oddly enough, also a tourist favorite.

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