Sapporo, the site of this year's Winter Olympic Games, is the centre of one of Japan's under-developed areas.
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Background: Sapporo, the site of this year's Winter Olympic Games, is the centre of one of Japan's under-developed areas. By the time the Games have finished (13 February) the town should be showing a healthy margin of profit gleaned from competitors, officials, newsmen, and tourists.
Sapporo has a population of one million, and its main claim to fame is said to be its night life. The countless bars, striptease clubs and massage parlours have put the entertainment scene on a par with Tokyo's famed Ginza district, and with the present flood of skiers from all over the world, the town is perhaps the gayest "apres ski" centre outside Europe.
Most of the town's shops are decorated with "yokoso" (welcome) signs, for the thousands of competitors and spectators who have poured onto the slopes for the toughest winter sport competition in the world, and also for the money this will bring.