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Japan's Kobayashi plays to its Chinese fans

Pharmaceutical's sales surge, especially among those from smog-plagued cities

Herbal medicine Dusmock is a hit among Chinese visitors to Japan.

OSAKA -- Kobayashi Pharmaceutical has a must-buy item on its hands -- an herbal remedy for bronchial ailments -- and a plan to ride Dusmock's popularity by boosting production 30% this year.

Visitors to Japan once wanted mainly to buy jewelry and other high-priced items. Now many of them look for medicines and other everyday goods. As a maker of remedies and household products, Kobayashi Pharmaceutical stands to benefit.

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