Consumer spending in Japan is reflecting a more on-the-go lifestyle in which glamour and excitement appear to be taking precedence over more practical ways.

According to a government report released Thursday, fiscal 1997 sales increased in food catering services, gardening goods, health and cosmetic supplies, sporting goods and toys, compared with the previous survey for fiscal 1994. What’s more, all those items also increased in fiscal 1994 over fiscal 1991.

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