May 25, 2015

Strong quake shakes Tokyo vicinity; no damage reported

A strong quake Monday shook buildings in Tokyo, setting off alarms and temporarily bringing the subway system to a halt. There was no risk of a tsunami from the quake, which had a magnitude of 5.3, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The Meteorological ...

May 12, 2015

Drones banned from Tokyo parks

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has banned people from flying drones in metropolitan parks and gardens, officials said Tuesday. The managers of 81 parks and gardens run by the metropolitan government were informed of the decision on April 28. Officials said it was based on ...

Tokyo ramps up 'English village' plan as 2020 approaches

| May 11, 2015

Tokyo ramps up 'English village' plan as 2020 approaches

by Tomohiro Osaki

As Tokyo gears up to host the 2020 Olympic Games, demands for action are growing to overcome Japan’s notorious English-speaking phobia. To achieve that, discussions are underway for the capital to establish “English villages” — language education facilities aimed at improving students’ communication ability ...