Bilingual traffic signs to debut in July

Apr 13, 2017

Bilingual traffic signs to debut in July

Japan will introduce bilingual traffic signs in July as visitors surge ahead of Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in 2020. The National Police Agency on Thursday unveiled stop and slow-down signs, each with English translations beneath the Japanese words. The new versions will gradually replace the ...

New emergency icon system denotes disaster shelters

Mar 24, 2016

New emergency icon system denotes disaster shelters

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The government has urged prefectures and municipalities to put five redesigned emergency icons into use to guard against tsunami, floods, landslides and other disasters. The standardized icons were designed to be easily universally understood as Japan prepares for an influx of foreign tourists for the ...

Baffled foreign tourists get little help on trains

| May 23, 2014

Baffled foreign tourists get little help on trains

Although Asian tourists are flocking to Japan in greater numbers, many are at a loss in railway stations, where few signs are written in languages other than Japanese and English. Several railways, including East Japan Railway Co. (JR East), are making modest efforts to present ...