• Kyodo


Kansai Airports said Thursday it has scrapped a plan to open a duty-free shop in central Osaka due to a slowdown in so-called explosive shopping by tourists.

Spending by foreign visitors to Japan decreased in the July-September quarter from a year earlier, the first quarterly drop in over 4½ years, due to a decline in bakugai shopping binges, according to government data.

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