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Tokyo excited about economic boost from Saudi king's visit

Hotels, limos, shops prepare for Salman's entourage of 1,000-plus

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Cars hired for the Saudi king's visit are parked at a resort in Bali, Indonesia.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The visit of King Salman of Saudi Arabia is filling up rooms at high-end hotels in Tokyo and probably will keep limousine services busy even on the usually slow weekend.

This marks the first trip to Japan in 46 years by a Saudi king. Salman, ruler of the world's largest oil exporter, is bringing an unprecedented entourage of up to 1,500 people. Department stores and upscale brand purveyors are also anxious to welcome them.

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