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World Rugby says overseas fans will stay an average of 21 nights in Japan, boosting consumption in the country by 105.7 billion yen. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)
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ERI SUGIURA, Nikkei staff writer, and ANDREW SHARP, Nikkei Asian Review deputy politics & economy news editor | Japan

TOKYO -- More than 500,000 rugby fans are set to descend on Japan between September and November, as the World Cup kicks off, bringing a multibillion-dollar boost to tourism, but stretching the capacity of the country's service industry.

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