The article is misleading in my opinion, highlighting only the "this is an historic/traditional asset of Asakusa" side of the story. While I agree that these shops are a part of Asakusa "charm", I don’t think it is normal that they don’t pay a rent. They are taking advantage having been here "illegally" from decades, making huge benefits while selling cheap stuff for most of them, while the other shops in the same area pay high rental fees.
I don’t think they should disappear, but it would be fair that they pay a rent like anyone else.
6 ( +7 / -1 )