|Above, a duty-free shop at Narita International Airport. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
It appears that Japan's efforts to increase foreign tourism into the country with such enticements as the expansion of duty-free items has paid off.
According to Inside Japan:
It has emerged that the number of Japanese stores offering tax-free products to tourists has risen by 60 per cent over the last months, according to Nikkei Asian Review.
Since October 1st, duty-free products sold to travellers have expanded from the previous limitation of clothing and electronics to food and cosmetics, meaning that the government has its target of 10,000 tax-free shops by 2020 five years early. While cosmetic sales have seen a major boost in recent months, most of the stores are also concentrated in Tokyo and Osaka.To read more, go here.