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The year 2020 ends with expectations that 2021 will see a safe vaccine that brings COVID-19 under control, especially, Tokyo hopes, before the scheduled Olympics and Paralympics in the summer. In the Kansai region, however, next year will be spent on economic recovery measures and making plans for a post-coronavirus world.

In Osaka, all eyes are turning toward the 2025 World Exposition. But the excitement supporters felt following Osaka’s selection as host back in 2018 has given way to anxiety and concern.

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