Eight Tokyo-based nongovernment organizations are hoping people will give their cars a break on Tokyo Car Free Day 2000, scheduled for Sept. 23.

The first event of its kind for Tokyo, it is based on a similar event that started in rural France four years ago. The now-global effort will be recognized this year in more than 730 cities around Europe and Japan.

Local activities will kick off with a symposium from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 22 at the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center in Shibuya Ward.

The following day, an event allowing participants to walk around all or part of the Yamanote Line is scheduled as is live music and a flea market in Yoyogi Park beginning at 11 a.m.

For more information contact the organizing committee at (03) 5345-5628.

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