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With echoes of bubble era, Japanese get back to flashy spending

Nightclubs and resorts draw crowds as well-off open their wallets once again

Dressed for a night on the town, women dancing at Maharaja hark back to Japan's bubble economy.

TOKYO -- Spending on leisure and luxuries is showing signs of a revival in Japan as the central bank continues its war on deflation, creating scenes reminiscent of the bubble era of the 1980s.

The Maharaja dance club, which thrived during those go-go days, is back in business and attracts many guests who were in their 20s and 30s at the time. A location that opened in Kyoto's Gion geisha district last September enjoys a jump in traffic after 11 p.m.

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