The Japanese Have A New Thirst For Imports

Cruising through the opulent, marbled Tokyo branch of Barneys New York, Keiko Saijo exults in the bargains. She has just picked out an imported dress shirt that's going for 16,000 yen ($184), down 25% from the last time she looked. "The prices are really coming down, and the choice of products is getting much better," says the twentysomething office temp. She bubbles on about how cosmetics from Chanel and Christian Dior are getting cheaper, too.

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