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Japan Trends

Food purchases by visitors to Japan rise 19% last year

The trend seen as a boon for government's drive to increase exports

Kyoto's Nishiki food market is popular among tourists.

TOKYO -- Visitors to Japan spent 345.6 billion yen ($3.24 billion) last year on food bought to take home, an increase of 19% from 2016, according to an estimate from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

Confectioneries accounted for 46% of the tally, with beverages making up much of the rest. The ministry compiled the estimate using data from the Japan Tourism Agency.

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