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Where are all the tourists in Japan coming from?

Chinese visitors are driving the boom, but there's much more to the story

Tourists check out Tokyo's Asakusa district. (Photo by Maho Obata)

TOKYO -- Japan's tourism bonanza shows no signs of abating. The country welcomed a record 28.6 million visitors from abroad in 2017, an increase of 19.3% on the year. Travelers also spent significantly more: 4.4 trillion yen ($39.68 billion), up 17.8%.

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