Feb 1, 2016

Tokyo to boost hiring to better prepare for 2020 Olympics: NHK

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has reportedly decided to increase how many people it will hire in fiscal 2016 to better prepare for the 2020 Olympic Games. The planned increase of 740 employees marks the largest rise in the Heisei Era, which started in 1989, ...

A guide to disaster survival and good design

Nov 7, 2015

A guide to disaster survival and good design

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‘The medium is the message” — with that famous 1964 phrase, communication theorist Marshall McLuhan emphasized that societies are influenced just as much by a medium as the content it carries. Three years later, McLuhan and graphic designer Quentin Fiore teamed up to create ...

Halloween revelers descend on Shibuya, urged to keep it clean

Oct 31, 2015

Halloween revelers descend on Shibuya, urged to keep it clean

Thousands of revelers dressed up in wild costumes and wearing makeup swarmed Hachiko Square in front of Tokyo’s JR Shibuya Station on Saturday evening to celebrate Halloween. The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department mobilized hundreds of riot police for the event this year. Last year, ...

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 ...