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In 2019, tourists spent ¥1.2 trillion in Kyoto. Now the city faces bankruptcy.

Over the past few years a combination of overspending and lack of tax revenue has put the city of Kyoto in a precarious financial situation, made worse by the lack of domestic and international tourism to the city during the pandemic.

The Japan Times’ senior national correspondent, Eric Johnston, joins us from Osaka to explain Kyoto’s problems, and what the city needs to do to get itself out its predicament.

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