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Live music venues are not just space for rent, they are places that create culture. We hope these venues will be recognized as cultural facilities and provided with support to stay in operation.

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Umezo Kato, president of Loft Project, a company that operates live music venues mainly in Tokyo. The cultural and entertainment sectors are being hit hard as the coronavirus pandemic shows no signs of being brought under control. Japan’s live entertainment market in 2020 is estimated to have shrunk to about one-fifth the previous year’s level.

© Yomiuri Shimbun

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