Feb 6, 2015

Tokyo area saw net population gain of 110,000 in '14

People who moved into the Tokyo metropolitan area in 2014 surpassed those who left by a margin of 109,408, the internal affairs ministry said. It was the area’s 19th consecutive gain in annual net population. The net inflow into Tokyo and neighboring prefectures of ...

Smoke signals: Can Tokyo ever go smoke-free?

Jan 24, 2015

Smoke signals: Can Tokyo ever go smoke-free?

by Masami Ito

Japan has long held a reputation of being something of a paradise for smokers. Tobacco is, at least by Western standards, relatively cheap and people can still light up in many of the country’s restaurants and bars. In fact, before the turn of the ...

Dec 26, 2014

Capacity of Tokyo's elderly care homes to be boosted

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government said Thursday it plans to boost the capacity of nursing care facilities in the capital. Ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, the metropolitan government will take steps to make the capital more friendly to foreign visitors, it also said ...

Dec 25, 2014

Corporate tax break for exiting Tokyo worries Masuzoe

Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe is concerned about the central government’s proposal to offer tax breaks to companies that move their headquarters out of the capital and other big cities. “I wonder if lower corporate tax rates are an effective incentive for companies to relocate ...

Dec 17, 2014

New Tokyo fish market to open in November 2016

A new wholesale market will open in early November 2016 in Tokyo’s Toyosu district to replace the storied Tsukiji fish market, the construction committee decided Wednesday. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government aims to complete the construction of the new market by March 2016 as Tsukiji, ...

Tokyo Station at 100: all change

Dec 13, 2014

Tokyo Station at 100: all change

by Masami Ito

More than 500,000 people on average use Tokyo Station every day. Handling express trains to Narita International Airport, bullet trains to destinations around Honshu and myriad regional commuter lines, it is one of the busiest stations in the country based on the number of ...