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Mikoto Chiba’s shoeshine started over 15 years ago as an illegal curbside venture; he was shut down last April. Four months later Chiba (pictured) reopened in the Yurakucho district with a makeover led by Koji Yasuda, a Tokyo Kotsu Kaikan executive. Yasuda offered space in front of his building and involved other loyal Chiba Special customers, including United Arrows chairman Osamu Shigematsu to dress the team. Interior designer Ryu Kosaka made stools and cabinets. 181 9 9290 5165

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