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The towering stone structure that is Osaka city hall sits like a fortress on Osaka’s Nakanoshima island. It might intimidate some who walk into its dimly lit marbled lobby, but not Yoneko Matsuura.

“It’s a monstrosity, isn’t it? Totally removed from the sense of ordinary Osaka residents, just like too many of the people who work inside,” the outspoken Osaka housewife said.

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