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Retailers in Tokyo’s Ginza dealt blow by Chinese boycott in Diaoyus row

The sound of Putonghua-speaking tourists and the cash tills they set ringing have become rarer in Tokyo’s upmarket Ginza district, retailers say, since a flare-up in a territorial row between China and Japan.

The number of mainland Chinese tourists – one of Japan’s biggest visitor groups behind South Koreans and Taiwanese – plunged 33 percent in October from a year ago to 71,000 visitors, according to the Japan National Tourism Organisation.

As airlines cancelled thousands of flights between Japan and China when the long-standing diplomatic row flared in September, Ginza’s upscale retailers soon found that once-jammed Chinese tour buses were nowhere to be seen.

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