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Chinese ‘explosion of buying’ benefits Japan

Kate Yao, a 24-year-old Chinese student who worked at a cosmetic counter in Odakyu department store in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district for five days during the recent Chinese New Year holiday, said she was hoarse by the time her part-time job ended.
Studied in Tokyo for more than three years, Yao was hired to communicate with the throngs of Chinese tourists who head straight for cosmetic counters to buy upmarket brands at prices cheaper than back home in China. She was selling the Albion brand of skincare products.
“Our counter was crazy with Chinese customers,” Yao told Shanghai Daily. “Some of them just clung to me when they discovered I’m a native Chinese speaker.”