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Slopes thronged with foreigners

Tourists from Thailand enjoy skiing at a resort in Yuzawa, Niigata Prefecture.

TOKYO -- Ski resorts in Japan are benefiting from an increase in the number of foreign visitors from Australia and the rest of Asia, at a time when skiing is declining in popularity among Japanese.

     According to the 2014 white paper on leisure published by the Japan Productivity Center, revenues from lift and gondola rides at Japanese ski resorts have recovered to 57 billion yen ($475 million) in 2013, up 2% on the year, after hitting bottom in 2011.

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