In this Feb. 3, 2011 photo, tourists from mainland China learn how to ski in Rusutsu, Hokkaido, Japan near Niseko. Foreign tourists and investors have flocked to the scenic Niseko area in recent ... more 
In this Feb. 3, 2011 photo, tourists from mainland China learn how to ski in Rusutsu, Hokkaido, Japan near Niseko. Foreign tourists and investors have flocked to the scenic Niseko area in recent years, giving this rural region a badly needed economic jolt. It is a rare success story that, if replicated, could help lead Japan out of two decades of stagnation. Australians were the first to arrive in the early 2000s, followed by skiers from Hong Kong, Singapore and elsewhere in Asia. Mainland Chinese, while still relatively few, are the latest _ and potentially the biggest _ wave. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Koji Sasahara
Wed, Mar 9, 2011 4:35 AM EST