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Kintetsu Department Store’s flagship store in Abeno Harukasu, the tallest building in Japan, opened a salon Monday that caters exclusively to tourists from abroad.

The salon offers duty-free shopping, bag storage and other services, plus a corner where people can briefly delve into various Japanese cultural pursuits, including the tea ceremony.

The “foreign customers’ salon” was built on the same floor where outlets targeting young women were opened, after the space for that area was reduced because of disappointing sales.

Stores stocking products popular with foreigners, such as cosmetics and cooking appliances, are also in the salon.

Kintetsu aims to boost duty-free sales at the flagship outlet by five times over the next two years, targeting ¥5 billion.

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