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Tourist spending in Japan in the January-March quarter hit a record ¥706.6 billion ($5.95 billion), up 64.4 percent from a year earlier, the government said Thursday.

The Japan Tourism Agency attributed the rise mainly to visitors from China, who spent ¥277.5 billion in total, up 133.7 percent from the previous year. Visitors from Taiwan spent ¥106.3 billion, up 46.3 percent, followed by South Koreans, who spent ¥72.5 billion, up 45.8 percent.

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