Why do so many small local shops have automatic doors?

I hadn’t noticed this until I read it in Tokyo by Donald Ritchie, but it certainly does seem to be true. He doesn’t bother asking why, but I’d go for:

– Electronic = modern= showing you are successful  counts even more in small rural towns

– The original doors were sliding too, so it’s not such a big change

– The reason for the original and new sliding doors is that there is no room to open them either into the shop or into the street

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