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Public to name new station on Tokyo's Yamanote Line

Kyodo

East Japan Railway Co. said Tuesday it will ask the public to name a new station being built on Tokyo’s Yamanote Line.

The station — located between the existing Shinagawa and Tamachi stops on the Minato Ward waterfront — is tentatively scheduled to open in the spring of 2020 ahead of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Name ideas can be submitted online or by mail until the end of June, and the result will possibly be announced this winter, JR East said.

It will be the railway operator’s first time to accept public submissions for naming a station, and all the proposed ideas will be taken into consideration in the screening process.

The station will be the first to open on the 29-stop Yamanote Line since 1971. The loop is one of Tokyo’s busiest rail lines and connects most of the capital’s major stations and downtown hubs.

Full-fledged operations at the station are scheduled to start in 2024, JR East said. The under-construction station was designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, who also designed the National Stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Games.