May 12, 2015

Drones banned from Tokyo parks

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has banned people from flying drones in metropolitan parks and gardens, officials said Tuesday. The managers of 81 parks and gardens run by the metropolitan government were informed of the decision on April 28. Officials said it was based on ...

Tokyo ramps up 'English village' plan as 2020 approaches

| May 11, 2015

Tokyo ramps up 'English village' plan as 2020 approaches

by Tomohiro Osaki

As Tokyo gears up to host the 2020 Olympic Games, demands for action are growing to overcome Japan’s notorious English-speaking phobia. To achieve that, discussions are underway for the capital to establish “English villages” — language education facilities aimed at improving students’ communication ability ...

Paul McCartney returns to Tokyo, surprises fans with rare Beatles song

Apr 29, 2015

Paul McCartney returns to Tokyo, surprises fans with rare Beatles song

Almost 50 years after the Beatles delivered memorable performances at Tokyo’s Nippon Budokan arena, former band member Paul McCartney returned to the venue on Tuesday with a special treat for his fans. McCartney, 72, surprised the audience by singing the Beatles’ “Another Girl,” the ...

Apr 25, 2015

Radioactive soil removed from Tokyo park

Workers have removed radioactive soil from a Tokyo playground where extremely high radiation levels had frightened local residents for days, official said. Soil underneath a slide at the municipal park in the Ikebukuro district showed radiation readings of up to 480 microsieverts per hour. ...