Jan 14, 2015

Avoid undue toll on athletes

Venue changes aimed at reducing the ballooning costs of the 2020 Olympic Games should be made in a manner that does not take an undo toll on the athletes.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government sharing more data on quasi-legal drugs

Jan 12, 2015

Tokyo Metropolitan Government sharing more data on quasi-legal drugs

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has improved its mechanism for sharing information on “kiken” (dangerous) drugs to further its crackdown on the quasi-legal substances, which have been banned in the capital. The metropolitan government simultaneously sends data on ingredients found in such drugs to other ...

Dec 16, 2014

Fukushima makes pitch to host some 2020 Olympic events

Fukushima Gov. Masao Uchibori on Tuesday told the Tokyo Metropolitan Government that the Tohoku prefecture hopes to host some of the preliminary events for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to showcase its recovery from the 2011 nuclear accident. “We need to set a goal so ...

Sep 12, 2014

¥1.4 billion in Senkaku donations left unused in Tokyo's coffers

About ¥1.4 billion collected by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to purchase some of the disputed Senkaku Islands off Taiwan has not been used, metropolitan government sources said Friday. In April 2012, then Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara proposed purchasing the uninhabited islets in the East ...

Jul 15, 2014

Career diplomat to lead Tokyo's international outreach efforts

Akio Miyajima, deputy chief of mission at the Japanese Embassy in Britain, will take up a new post leading the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s foreign affairs activities, the central government said Tuesday. With the new post, to be officially created and filled by the career ...

Apr 25, 2014

Japanese wins California air award

A former Tokyo bureaucrat becomes the first Japanese to win the Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award from California for inventing the cap-and-trade carbon-trading program.

Nov 19, 2013

Metro government eyes no-interest stadium loans

Balking at a request by the central government to shoulder more of the cost, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government is looking at no-interest loans to help finance construction of the new National Stadium that will serve as the main venue of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. ...