English-language services debut at two key police boxes in Tokyo

Oct 1, 2016

English-language services debut at two key police boxes in Tokyo

The Metropolitan Police Department on Friday launched English-language services at two police boxes in the capital to help deal with the tourism surge in the run-up to the 2020 Olympics. The foreigner-friendly police boxes are in the Kabukicho entertainment district in Shinjuku Ward and ...

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 ...