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With signs of a slowdown in foreign tourists’ spending at urban shopping centers in the country, officials and businesses in regional cities are aiming to draw greater interest in their untapped tourism resources as repeat visitors from abroad increase.

Consumption by foreign tourists in Japan is tapering against the backdrop of the strong yen, which makes goods more expensive for them, as well as the Chinese government’s decision in April to charge higher taxes on purchases made abroad and brought home by travelers.

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