English service starts at two police boxes in Tokyo

Sep 30, 2016

English service starts at two police boxes in Tokyo

Tokyo’s Metropolitan Police Department on Friday launched English services at two police boxes in the capital in a bid to better deal with an increasing number of foreign visitors to Japan ahead of the 2020 Olympics. The foreigner-friendly police boxes are located in Shinjuku ...

Six railway operators launch English map for tourists

Sep 30, 2016

Six railway operators launch English map for tourists

East Japan Railway Co. and Tokyo Metro Co. are among six railway operators that have created an English railway map to help tourists reach major sightseeing spots in and around Tokyo. Shown on the front side of the A3-size map, called Tokyo Sightseeing Map, ...

Many languages use similar sounds for common objects

Sep 13, 2016

Many languages use similar sounds for common objects

Nearly two thirds of the world’s languages often use similar sounds for common objects, such as the “n” sound for nose, international researchers said Monday. The study challenges a long-standing principle of linguistics, which holds that the relationship between sound and meaning is completely ...