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Kyoto removing utility eyesores to revive old-time ambiance

Feb 8, 2017

Kyoto removing utility eyesores to revive old-time ambiance

The city of Kyoto and local residents are pushing to remove power poles from a main street in the Pontocho traditional entertainment district in a bid to recreate an old-fashioned townscape. The city government started work to lay utility lines underground this month, with ...

JOC chief questioned in bid probe on France's behalf

Feb 8, 2017

JOC chief questioned in bid probe on France's behalf

At the request of France, Tokyo prosecutors have questioned Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda and others on a voluntary basis over allegations that dubious payments were made by the bid team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. Takeda told reporters on Wednesday ...

Tokyo assembly panel to summon former Gov. Ishihara

Feb 7, 2017

Tokyo assembly panel to summon former Gov. Ishihara

A special committee of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly will summon former Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara over the suspended relocation of the capital’s landmark Tsukiji wholesale food market to a site in the reclaimed Toyosu area. Ishihara intends to attend any hearing, according to informed ...