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Tokyo to ask stores and offices to help Olympic fans keep cool

City hopes businesses open doors to let spectators escape harsh summer

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics mascots join children in "uchimizu," a traditional way of mitigating heat in the summer.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The Tokyo government is considering having office buildings, convenience stores and other privately owned facilities keep spectators cool during next year's Summer Olympics and Paralympics to save on the cost of building new shelters, Nikkei has learned.

The city will ask the owners of buildings near train stations, match venues and routes for such events as the marathon to open their doors during the games, which take place between late July and early September -- right in the middle of Japan's hot and humid summer.

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