FEATURE: Olympic spectator woes prove bad news for Tokyo's souvenir sellers

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When Tokyo celebrated its Olympic bid win in 2013, small souvenir store owners across the country joined the party with an eye on the windfall they expected the games to bring. Eight years and one pandemic later, they are only counting the cost. In addition to a one-year postponement of the games, the coronavirus pandemic has forced the Japanese government to bar overseas spectators from entering Japan, leaving store owners anxious to know whether anyone in the Japanese capital will want to buy their Olympic and Paralympic-themed wares. Keiji Kojima, a souvenir wholesaler near Tokyo, said sale...

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