Tomoko Otake

Tomoko Otake is a staff features writer. Originally from Japan’s ancient capital of Nara, she graduated from the University of Montana with an M.A. in journalism.

For Tomoko Otake's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Ministry tests smartphone app to navigate underground stations

Feb 4, 2016

Ministry tests smartphone app to navigate underground stations

The land ministry on Thursday started testing a smartphone app that provides detailed navigation services in underground areas around Tokyo Station. Any Android smartphone user can download the free app, named Japan Smart Navi, during a pilot study, which runs through March 6. The ...

Japan revamps map symbols that baffle tourists

Jan 12, 2016

Japan revamps map symbols that baffle tourists

The Geospatial Information Authority of Japan (GSI) has released a set of new standard symbols for foreign-language maps after criticism that some of its current pictograms are hard to understand or are even offensive. The most notorious of these is the swastika-like symbol for ...