• Kyodo


To boost tourism, Tokyo Station will be declared a sister station of New York City’s Grand Central Terminal in the first such partnership involving Japanese and U.S. train stations, East Japan Railway Co. said.

The move will commemorate the 100th anniversaries of Grand Central last week and Tokyo Station in 2014, JR East said Friday. A signing ceremony will be held at the New York station March 19.

Grand Central, which opened Feb. 1, 1913, serves around 130,000 passengers a day, while Tokyo Station, completed Dec. 20, 1914, is used by 380,000 travelers a day.

Tokyo Station, a European-style red-brick building, became a sister station of Amsterdam Station in 2006 because the two have similar architectural styles.