In this photo taken on April 19, 2017, Sidney Toledano (2nd L), president and chief executive officer of Christian Dior Couture, guides Japan's Princess Takamado (L) during a preview of Dior's new shop at the Ginza shopping district in Tokyo.
Weak economy. Tight-fisted shoppers. A shrinking population. Japan doesn't exactly fit the image of a spending powerhouse these days. But you'd never know it in Ginza -- Tokyo's answer to the Champs-Elysees in Paris or New York's 5th Avenue -- where a new 13-storey upscale mall is proving that Japan is still a whale in the luxury business.
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