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China tour ban dampens spirits in Japan over Lunar New Year

Hotels slash prices to fill wave of vacancies amid virus outbreak

Drugstores on Osaka's Shinsaibashi-suji shopping avenue vie to attract Chinese tourists. (Photo by Jo Tamura)

TOKYO -- China's ban on outbound tour groups, a measure to contain the coronavirus outbreak there, has left tourism-reliant Japanese companies scrambling to make up for lost business and sapped vitality from places usually full of energy during the Lunar New Year holiday.

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