Tokyo opens city's first swimming beach since 1960s

Jul 18, 2015

Tokyo opens city's first swimming beach since 1960s

A bathing beach was opened in Tokyo on Saturday for the first time since all beaches in the capital were closed for swimming in the 1960s due to pollution. The beach is part of Kasai Rinkai Park in Edogawa Ward, at the top of ...

Oct 17, 2013

15,000 signatures submitted to protect park from games

A Yokohama housewife has submitted a petition with 15,000 signatures opposing Tokyo’s plan to build a canoe course for the 2020 Olympics in fauna-rich Kasai Rinkai Park. Shizuka Watahiki, 40, collected the signatures via the online signature-gathering site Change.org in the hope of persuading ...

Tokyo beach reopens after five-decade effort

Aug 8, 2013

Tokyo beach reopens after five-decade effort

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The seawater by Tokyo’s Kasai Rinkai Park is only slightly cooler than body temperature, and its beach contains a mix of tiny gravel and seashell fragments instead of fine white sand. The beach is far from a perfect summer getaway. The skyline of the ...