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Japan’s economy has been in decline since the early 1990s, but Michiko Kasahara, a curator at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, refuses to accept that the last two decades have been “lost.” A recent government poll shows that 70 percent of young Japanese are satisfied with their lives, Kasahara says, and she claims that today’s pessimism comes from a nostalgic older generation yearning for the “good old days.”

This exhibition features five female Japanese photographers, including Beijing-based Tomoko Kikuchi, who are all aged around 35 and each demonstrate a determination to embrace the present; till Jan. 27.

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