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Sales of print books and magazines in Japan fell 1.0% from the previous year in 2020, the smallest decline since 2006 thanks to sales of the hit manga series “Demon Slayer,” a publications research body said Monday.

Sales of print publications amounted to an estimated ¥1.22 trillion ($11.76 billion) last year, down for the 16th straight year, but the final volume of the blockbuster series released last December cushioned the fall, according to the Research Institute for Publications in Tokyo.

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