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December 19, 1997 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When this once-sleepy temple town welcomes the world to the 1998 Winter Olympics 50 days from now, Japan's charms and quirks will be displayed as nakedly as the scantily clad sumo wrestlers who will help open the Games. Cheap this spectacle will not be. Japan may set an Olympic record for spending. But in return, it hopes to generate some badly needed economic and psychological cheer when the festivities begin Feb. 7. The city and prefecture of Nagano will shell out an estimated $1.
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December 19, 1997 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When this once-sleepy temple town welcomes the world to the 1998 Winter Olympics 50 days from now, Japan's charms and quirks will be displayed as nakedly as the scantily clad sumo wrestlers who will help open the Games. Cheap this spectacle will not be. Japan may set an Olympic record for spending. But in return, it hopes to generate some badly needed economic and psychological cheer when the festivities begin Feb. 7. The city and prefecture of Nagano will shell out an estimated $1.
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