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The Aug. 8 article “Face value; Japan’s traditional shopping arcades struggle to remain relevant” inspired me to write about the shōtengai, the retail sector around us.

Our local shopping area in Yokohama has also had a hard time. The shopping street is divided into two by a busy road, and inconveniently shoppers have to use crosswalks. No arcades prevent many aging people from going out of their home on a rainy day. The nearby hospital is usually crowded with patients, who pass through the commercial area by car or taxi. Therefore, the number of small retail stores is dwindling.

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