Chinese tourists flock to Japan, boost economy

12:22, July 05, 2010      

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Snapping up four Japanese luxury Seiko watches, a 36-year-old Chinese tourist plunks down $4,500 in cash at a glitzy store in downtown Tokyo.

Chinese customers speak with a salesclerk as they buy a compact digital camera at Yodobashi Camera in Tokyo's Akihabara electronics district.(Source: China Daily/Agencies)

"One is for me, and the other is for my father. The rest are for my friends," says Li Jun, a computer businessman from Shanghai.

Related readings: Japan relaxes visa rules to lure Chinese tourists Hey big spenders: Japan courts Chinese tourists China tourists flock to Japan, lift weak economy No Buddhist temples or tranquil rock gardens for him. Li and his wife are in Japan on a single-minded mission: shopping.

"We want to buy Japanese products because they are known for very good quality," Li says. "We are here for shopping, not for tourist activities."

For years, Japanese auto and electronics companies have been expanding in China as its economy boomed to offset slow growth at home.
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