Terrorism Response Unit Set Up In Tokyo

Terrorism response unit set up in Tokyo

The Tokyo Fire Department has set up a unit that can quickly respond to terrorist attacks. It's part of preparations for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo.

The new unit will have the capability to operate rescue, chemical disaster response, and other squads in a centralized manner in the event of terrorist attacks and other disasters.

2020 Tokyo Olympics Ticket Website Set Up

2020 Tokyo Olympics ticket website set up

Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have set up an official website for selling tickets.

The Olympic organizing committee told a news conference on Thursday that it will accept applications for tickets through a lottery on the official site during a 20-day period from May 9. Only people who live in Japan can apply. The winners will be announced on June 20.

Tokyo To Exhibit Possible Banksy Work

Tokyo to exhibit possible Banksy work

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike says she is considering displaying a headline-making work of graffiti at the Tokyo government building for a limited time during the spring holidays.

The illustration was discovered on a tide gate on the waterfront in Tokyo's Minato Ward in December of last year. People have noted its resemblance to works by renowned street artist Banksy. The anonymous artist is known for painting satirical artworks on buildings and other structures.

Sony's S.ride Taxi-hailing Service Launched In Tokyo

Sony's S.Ride Taxi-Hailing Service Launched In Tokyo


Sony has launched a taxi-hailing service in the Japanese capital of Tokyo as part of a joint venture that it’s leading. The ride-hailing landscape is a bit different in Japan compared to other countries across the globe where services like Uber reign supreme. S.Ride is a major entry into this landscape and is available for use starting today.

The S.Ride app can be used to flag down regular taxis. Riders can choose to pay with cash, a digital wallet that’s QR code-powered, or through a credit card. It’s a good option for those who don’t want to head out on the street to hail a taxi on their own but that’s hardly going to be an issue for people in the busy areas of Tokyo.

500 Days To Tokyo Paralympics

500 days to Tokyo Paralympics

Saturday marks 500 days until the opening ceremony of the 2020 Summer Paralympic Games at Japan's new national stadium in Tokyo.

From August 25 next year, athletes will compete in 22 sports over 13 days.

Officials To Get Residency At Tokyo Games

Officials to get residency at Tokyo Games

Japan's Justice Ministry plans to grant resident status to foreign officials who will make long-term stays in the country to work for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo.

The ministry hopes that the measure will enable smooth preparations and management of the games and the handover to the 2024 Games in Paris.

Tokyo Prosecutors Rearrest Ghosn

Tokyo prosecutors rearrest Ghosn

Tokyo prosecutors have rearrested former Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn.

The prosecutors on Thursday served a fourth arrest warrant on Ghosn, who was released on bail last month after 108 days in custody.

Tokyo Prosecutors Ready To Rearrest Ghosn

Tokyo prosecutors ready to rearrest Ghosn

Tokyo prosecutors have asked former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn to accompany them voluntarily to their office. They suspect him of misappropriating company funds for personal use.

A vehicle believed to be carrying Ghosn entered the premises of the prosecutors' office around 7 a.m. on Thursday. They will question Ghosn and appear ready to rearrest him on suspicion of aggravated breach of trust.

Majestic Cherry Tree In Tokyo A Crowd Magnet After Blossoming

Majestic cherry tree in Tokyo a crowd magnet after blossoming

The pink blossoms of a giant weeping cherry tree in Rikugien Gardens sparkled with bright lights during an illumination event held here on the evening of March 24.

Crowds flocked to see the dazzling cherry blossoms at the Tokyo metropolitan government-run park, which bloomed March 19, two days earlier than the official announcement of the start of somei-yoshio cherry blooming. They combined with the surroundings of the Japanese garden in the capital's Bunkyo Ward to create an enchanting atmosphere.

Tokyo Paralympic Torch Unveiled

Tokyo Paralympic torch unveiled

The organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Games have unveiled the torch that will carry the Paralympic flame. Its motif is a cherry blossom, the same as for the Olympic torch, but the color is more pinkish, which the organizers characterize as "cherry blossom pink."

The organizing committee unveiled the torch on Monday, days after the Olympic torch was revealed.

Malala Yousafzai To Speak At Tokyo Conference

Malala Yousafzai to speak at Tokyo conference

Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai is in Japan for the first time, to address an international conference in Tokyo.

Malala is attending the two-day World Assembly for Women, starting on Saturday, to speak about the importance of education for women.