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The number of passengers who have passed through Narita airport, Japan’s largest international gateway, passed 800 million on Monday, the airport’s operator said.

The timely travelers were Fuminori Ogiso, 38, and his wife, Yuki, 44, of Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture. They were leaving on an eight-day tour of European countries, including Germany and the Czech Republic.

“Many people have used this airport, so we were happy to be selected (for the congratulatory gifts),” they said.

Narita International Airport Corp. presented the couple with tokens for wine produced in 1978, when the airport opened in May, and a pair of wine glasses.

The company said the tally topped 100 million in March 1988. It took two years and 10 months to reach 700 million in November 2008 from 600 million in January 2006, but three years and two months to reach 800 million.

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