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Japanese disasters may impact American tourism

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HONOLULU (AP) -- A tsunami spawned by the deadly earthquake in Japan caused tens of millions of dollars in damage to homes, businesses and boats in Hawaii after the waves roared ashore last week.  Now the islands are bracing for another hit:  a loss in travelers from Japan.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie predicted the economic consequences will be severe in a tourism-dependent state that is already dealing with a projected shortfall of nearly $1 billion over the next two years.

Hawaii is the top U.S. destination for Japanese travelers, hosting more than 1.2 million last year.  Visitors from Japan poured about $1.9 billion into Hawaii in 2010, or about 17 percent of the $11.4 billion overall visitor revenue.

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