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3 Years to Go: Japanese Businesses Have Mixed Feelings over Olympics

3 Years to Go: Japanese Businesses Have Mixed Feelings over Olympics

   Tokyo, July 27 (Jiji Press)--Japanese business executives have mixed feelings of expectation and anxiety about the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
   Some pin high hopes on an expected boost to economic growth, while others show concerns about a possible fall in demand after the event as well as a lack of barrier-free facilities that allow disabled and elderly people to travel in comfort.
   In the run-up to the previous Tokyo Games in 1964, several expressways and a Shinkansen high-speed train line were built, leading to the country's rapid economic expansion after the end of World War II.
   Akio Mimura, chairman of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, expressed hopes that the coming Olympics will provide the country with chances to tout its software, not hardware.
   The 2020 games "will hopefully become opportunities to showcase Japan's excellent technologies to the world and increase the number of repeat tourists to the country," Mimura said.

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