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 ...

Jul 15, 2014

Career diplomat to lead Tokyo's international outreach efforts

Akio Miyajima, deputy chief of mission at the Japanese Embassy in Britain, will take up a new post leading the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s foreign affairs activities, the central government said Tuesday. With the new post, to be officially created and filled by the career ...

Apr 25, 2014

Japanese wins California air award

A former Tokyo bureaucrat becomes the first Japanese to win the Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award from California for inventing the cap-and-trade carbon-trading program.

Nov 19, 2013

Metro government eyes no-interest stadium loans

Balking at a request by the central government to shoulder more of the cost, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government is looking at no-interest loans to help finance construction of the new National Stadium that will serve as the main venue of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. ...

Tokyo's emissions crusader spills beans

Sep 24, 2013

Tokyo's emissions crusader spills beans

by Tetsuji Ida

Teruyuki Ohno has spearheaded Tokyo’s fight against global warming for more than a decade. The 60-year-old Ohno spent half of his 34-year career with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government working on environmental policies, most recently as director of its environment bureau until mid-July. He led ...

Tohoku-Tokyo 1,000-km relay ends

Aug 7, 2013

Tohoku-Tokyo 1,000-km relay ends

by Masaaki Kameda

A 1,040-km relay involving more than 700 runners and bicyclists ended Wednesday in Tokyo after the participants passed through areas in the Tohoku region devastated by the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami. Organized mainly by members of athletic associations with support from the ...

Jul 9, 2013

Curtain cord dangers to children under study

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government plans to compile safety measures to help prevent accidents involving young children who get cords from curtains or blinds around their necks, and possibly seek a redesign of such products to make them safer. The action follows reports of children ...