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Foreign tourist spending tops Y2 trillion for first time ever

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The Japan Tourism Agency (JTA) says the amount of money spent by foreign tourists in 2014 surpassed the preceding year by 43.1%, totaling 2.0278 trillion yen and exceeded two trillion yen for the first time ever.

Chinese travelers, who spent 558.3 ​​billion yen - approximately twice as much as in previous years -- were responsible for 28% of the overall expenditures, the JTA said in a report. Following the Chinese were Taiwanese tourists who spent 354.4 billion yen, and then Korean tourists who spent 209 billion yen.

Agency officials estimate that a single tourist from China spent an average of 127,443 yen, easily exceeding the average spending amount of tourists from almost every other territory.

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Seems like the people from these countries need each other after all, despite what the politicians say.

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There nothing like home is where shopping is......

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A lot of money, I am hoping that taxes here get low.

The Japan Tourism Agency (JTA) says the amount of money spent by foreign tourists in 2014 surpassed the preceding year by 43.1%, totaling 2.0278 trillion yen and exceeded two trillion yen for the first time ever.

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Keep selling them rice cookers!

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and thats because of the low yen, high yen lovers can complain all they like, its low cost exports that built Japan not cheap foreign imports.

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This is only another example that shows how Japan could enjoy a healthy growth being friendly with China.

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As I have said times and times before, Japan should open the country to Chinese people. Let them come here without visa, offer more services like back massage, foot scrub, etc. Also it would greatly help the economy if instead of teaching English at school Japan started teaching Chinese. As they are the biggest spenders they should be welcomed at the airport by Japanese people and offered the highest standard of service, even if they spit and are loud. Japan has no future. Only China can help Japan sustain its food necessity and other basic necessities. China is the best country in the world as their fast economic growth has shown and Japan should embrace its culture and values, even consider ousting its (now outdated) values. Ideally, it would be also useful to have new laws that offer discount to Chinese people emigrating to Japan, like for example half income tax, discounted properties in the best districts, etc.

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