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Like many brick-and-mortar businesses, however, it hasn’t been able to welcome any customers since the first citywide lockdown in March.

“I don’t know how they expect us to pay rent when we’re not generating any revenue,” Kimura told NBC Asian America.

Since it granted a one-month rent deferral in April, Matsuda said, Kinokuniya hasn’t answered any payment negotiation request from tenants.

(Recently, Kinokuniya has reached out to a few tenants, but not in response to inquiries about rent negotiation.)

But right now, Kito’s focus is on the present: helping fellow business owners survive the pandemic.

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