Navigating Tokyo’s Subway Maze Gets Easier For Tourists

Navigating Tokyo’s subway maze gets easier for touristsThe Tokyo metropolitan government on Feb. 21 installed its first multiple-language, direction-giving ticket-vending machine on a Toei subway line to prepare for a further influx of visitors from abroad.
The machine, at Tochomae Station on the Oedo Line, allows travelers to choose from among English, Chinese and Korean. French, Spanish and Thai services will be added by the end of March.

Tokyo Buses To Be Given Alphanumeric Route Displays

Tokyo buses to be given alphanumeric route displaysThe Tokyo metropolitan government plans to introduce alphanumeric route displays for its bus services as early as in 2018, informed sources told Jiji Press on Tuesday.
The Tokyo government aims to attract more foreign users with the more accessible route displays ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. It also plans to call on other bus operators to follow suit.

Tokyo Met. Assembly To Set Up Panel On Toyosu

Tokyo Met. Assembly to set up panel on ToyosuThe Tokyo Metropolitan assembly will set up a panel to investigate the relocation of a food market in the capital. The relocation was postponed due to concerns over soil contamination at the new site.

Photo: Drilling Tokyo's Depths

Photo: Drilling Tokyo's depthsA shield tunneling machine, which will be used to dig underground tunnels for the outer-Tokyo beltway connecting the Kanetsu and Tomei expressways, is seen at right during its unveiling at a construction site in Tokyo's Setagaya Ward on Feb. 19, 2017.

Training At Tokyo’s Kodokan School Of Judo

Training At Tokyo’s Kodokan School Of JudoThere are many interesting attractions in visiting Tokyo. The capital city of Japan is replete with shopping malls, karaoke bars, noodle shops, coffee shops, and other nightlife establishments. But if one should look for a place that offers no-nonsense fitness and sportsmanship, the Kodokan School of Judo is among the ideal locations.

Dating Businesses Using Schoolgirls To Face Tougher Rules In Tokyo

Dating businesses using schoolgirls to face tougher rules in TokyoA new ordinance bill to impose strict restrictions on dating businesses using teenage schoolgirls was presented to the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly's steering committee Wednesday, with the aim of protecting them from involvement in crimes.
The bill, banning girls aged 17 or younger from providing intimate services to customers and allowing on-site inspections by police, was compiled by the Metropolitan Police Department and will be deliberated at the assembly's regular sessions starting next week.

Ground Broken On New Station For Tokyo's Yamanote Loop Line

Ground broken on new station for Tokyo's Yamanote loop lineConstruction began Friday on a new station on Tokyo's JR Yamanote line, the first addition to the capital's major loop train line since 1971.
East Japan Railway Co. and the Urban Renaissance Agency, an affiliate of the infrastructure ministry, held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new station, whose name is yet undecided, to be built between Shinagawa and Tamachi stations on the Minato ward waterfront.

Tokyo Vows To Push On With Futenma Move

Tokyo vows to push on with Futenma moveJapan's Chief Cabinet Secretary says the government will press ahead with efforts to reclaim land for the relocation of the US Futenma air station in Okinawa Prefecture.
Yoshihide Suga on Monday said the move is needed to preserve the deterrent effect of the Japan-US security treaty. He said it will also remove the danger posed by the base at its current location, which is in a densely populated area.

Gov Koike's Party Aiming For Majority In Tokyo Assembly Election

Gov Koike's party aiming for majority in Tokyo assembly electionA political party effectively led by Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike is considering fielding more than 60 candidates in a Tokyo metropolitan assembly election this summer to win an overall majority, a move that could threaten seats held by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, political sources said Monday.