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By Ashley Rawlings

Looking back at two decades of slow but steady growth

View from the observation deck on the 52nd floor of the Mori Tower. Photo by Ashley Rawlings for ArtAsiaPacific.

Tokyo has always been well suited to the role of major hub for the Asian art world, yet has never established itself as such, and in the past decade has been eclipsed by Beijing, Hong Kong and Singapore.

This latency is the result of a confluence of unfortunate circumstances that act to inhibit the domestic market. Certainly, the Japanese economy…

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