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Even though foreign spectators have largely been barred from the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, a traditional craftsman Fukushima Prefecture is hoping the global sporting events will help showcase a locally produced, centuries-old popular good-luck doll to a broader, international audience.

“My goal is to increase the number of people who love daruma dolls and I hope my products will provide opportunities for people around the world to become fans of Japan,” Takaaki Watanabe, the 14th-generation member of a craftsman family with some three centuries of history, said in a recent interview.

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