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Back in April, then-Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose proudly announced a grand scheme to launch a 24-hour bus service in the capital. Little did he imagine that his pet project would be getting off the ground just as he was resigning over a scandal.

Around 1 a.m. Dec. 21, a line was waiting in front of Tokyu Plaza at JR Shibuya Station for the launch of the all-night bus service to Roppongi. Run by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the bus will allow people to travel between two of Tokyo’s most popular nightlife spots once an hour for ¥400, double the usual fare.

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