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Major department stores across the country kicked off business for 2010 on Saturday, with “lucky bags” at low prices gaining in popularity as consumers search out bargains amid the economic downturn.

Mitsukoshi Ltd.’s flagship store in Tokyo’s Nihonbashi district in Chuo Ward opened at 9:45 a.m., 15 minutes earlier than scheduled, as about 8,000 people were lined up in front of the store.

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