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Road to Tokyo 2020: Japan’s capital rapidly evolving into “global-standard” city

April 10, 2019

Tokyo–Foreign-language signs are increasingly common along streets, cashless payment is available at more and more shops and restaurants, and ashtrays are vanishing from public spaces. Tokyo is rapidly transforming into a “global-standard” city with these moves, before it hosts the


Announcement of new banknote portraits prompts surprise, joy

April 9, 2019

Tokyo–People with connections to the new faces chosen for Japanese paper money set to be redesigned expressed surprise and joy after the government announced the planned banknote renovation on Tuesday. The new 10,000-yen bill will have a portrait of industrialist


Japanese people greet new era name “Reiwa” with applause

April 1, 2019

Tokyo–Many people in Japan have welcomed the country’s next era name, Reiwa, with applause and hopes for peace. “It sounds fresh. I want to pass down the memories of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami (to the next generation), in


TOKYO REPORT: Sony’s Aibo Evolving from “Pet Dog”

March 20, 2019

Tokyo-Aibo, a large dog-like robotic pet developed by Sony Corp., is finding its way into the fields of medical care and home security. “We will make (Aibo) useful not only as a cute pet but also as a family member,”


Emperor voices deep emotion over 30 years on throne

February 25, 2019

Tokyo–Japan’s Emperor Akihito expressed deep emotion on Sunday over marking the 30th anniversary of his accession to the Chrysanthemum Throne amid congratulations offered by people at home and abroad. “It means so much to me that I commemorate this day



February 22, 2019

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INTERVIEW: Miyagi aims for revitalization through tourism

February 22, 2019

Sendai, Miyagi Pref.–Miyagi Governor Yoshihiro Murai has expressed his resolve to focus on tourism to revitalize the northeastern Japan prefecture, hit hard by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. “In order to spur regional revitalization, we need to increase the


The Heisei Emperor: Keen for seamless handover

February 20, 2019

Tokyo–Emperor Akihito’s abdication on April 30 and the subsequent accession to the throne of his eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito, grew out of the Emperor’s wish for a smooth handover of his role as the symbol of the state. The