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The number of foreign visitors to Japan in the first half of 2013 reached a record high of 4.95 million, up 22.8 percent from a year earlier, helped by the yen’s weakness and the popularity of low-cost carriers, a government body said Wednesday.

The figure eclipsed the previous high of 4.33 million recorded in the January-June period of 2008, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization.

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