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Asian yen for Japanese tourism proves a mixed blessing

Weak currency makes visitors open wallets, but turns off overseas workers

Inbound travelers spent $43.3 billion on lodging, meals and other expense in fiscal 2018, a threefold increase from five years earlier.

TOKYO -- The Japanese economy is enjoying a nice bump from the rising tide of foreign tourists, with the number of travelers topping the government-set target of 10 million in 2013 and more than 30 million in 2018.

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