Apr 19, 2016

Tokyo man confesses to ripping down train hand straps

A Tokyo company employee who said he flew into bouts of “rail rage” due to overcrowded trains and has confessed to ripping down hand straps has been arrested on suspicion of destruction of property, police said Tuesday. Michio Matsumuru, 63, of Adachi Ward, was ...

Apr 8, 2016

Panel proposes new, faster Haneda-Narita subway line

A transport ministry subcommittee has proposed constructing a new bypass subway line between Tokyo’s Haneda airport and Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture in a draft report examining new rail projects. The Council for Transport Policy will submit the report to Land, Infrastructure, Transport ...

Osaka subway drivers sue over right to grow a beard

Mar 10, 2016

Osaka subway drivers sue over right to grow a beard

Two Osaka subway drivers have sued the city’s municipal government after their bonuses were cut because they refused to shave off their beards. “Growing a beard is part of individual freedom, just like choosing clothes or hairstyles,” said a lawsuit filed Wednesday with the ...

Three songs selected for Tokyo subway's departure melodies

Jan 21, 2016

Three songs selected for Tokyo subway's departure melodies

Hit tunes by the all-girl pop group AKB48 and its rival, Nogizaka46, and a 1960s duet song still popular in karaoke, have been selected for departure melodies at three subway stations in central Tokyo. Tokyo Metro Co., the operator of nine subway lines in ...