"Japan? Too expensive, everybody says. But it's not true," said Bruce Kanfer of the Japan National Tourist Organization in New York. On a recent visit to Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe, and the resort town of Miyazaki, there was evidence that the weaker yen and a convention center building boom have brought prices down. In Osaka, Shinji Kawashima, manager of the Osaka Convention Bureau, told visiting international planners that they could expect discounts of 20 to 30 percent off rack rates. And in Kobe, ...

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