Shibuya might close streets to cars on weekends again

Jun 12, 2015

Shibuya might close streets to cars on weekends again

Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward said Friday it may resume its old custom of closing two main streets to cars on weekends in hopes of invigorating the area in the lead-up to the Summer Olympics in 2020. “Bringing back pedestrian-only streets would greatly help Shibuya’s goal ...

Tokyo is world's most livable city: Monocle magazine

Jun 11, 2015

Tokyo is world's most livable city: Monocle magazine

The British lifestyle magazine Monocle has declared Tokyo the most livable city in the world in its annual quality of life survey, the company said Thursday. It was the first time that Tokyo has topped the list since the magazine launched the ranking nine ...

High-tech toilets targeted to reel in tourists ahead of Olympics

May 28, 2015

High-tech toilets targeted to reel in tourists ahead of Olympics

Japan’s high-tech toilets are nothing new but their growing popularity has prompted the government to use them as a tool to promote tourism and sell the technology abroad. A panel set up under Haruko Arimura, minister in charge of women’s empowerment, submitted a report ...