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Sunday's Tokyo Marathon will cause road closures, officials warn

Feb 23, 2018

Sunday's Tokyo Marathon will cause road closures, officials warn

Tokyo residents and visitors to the capital will face road closures starting early Sunday morning due to the 12th annual Tokyo Marathon. The Tokyo Marathon Foundation, the event's organizer, said 36,000 people will take part. The runners will depart from a plaza in front of the ...

English teacher challenges students to plug in to the world

Jan 28, 2018

English teacher challenges students to plug in to the world

The English-language learning programs in Japan's public schools have long been criticized for being too focused on rote learning. But Mio Horio, a 32-year-old English teacher from mountainous Shiga Prefecture, is challenging the nation's system and nudging her students to think outside the box. Horio's teenage ...

Toto hopes to clean up with new self-cleaning toilets

Jan 18, 2018

Toto hopes to clean up with new self-cleaning toilets

With the upcoming 2020 Olympics in mind leading Japanese toilet-maker Toto Ltd. has recently introduced a new type of self-cleaning toilet for public restrooms, aiming to improve bathroom experiences for locals and foreign visitors to Japan. "We're seeing a surge in inbound tourism," said Hirofumi ...