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China island row takes bite out of Japan tourism

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The sound of Mandarin-speaking tourists and the cash tills they set ringing have become rare in Tokyo's upmarket Ginza district, retailers say, since a flare-up in an island row between China and Japan. 

This picture taken on December 2, 2012 shows Chinese tourists disembarking from a bus at the Ginza shopping district in Tokyo. ©AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA

"Until September, we had many Chinese customers and you could hear Chinese spoken in our shop," said Mika Nakatsugawa, who trains clerks at cosmetic firm Shiseido's flagship outlet in Ginza, the Japanese capital's equivalent of Fifth Avenue in New York.

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