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This page shows material that was broadcast on Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s “TOKYO City Information” radio program(Inter FM 89.7 MHz)every Saturday 09:56-09:59 a.m.,(Rebroadcast)Sunday 09:56-09:59 a.m..

February 15th

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has released the "Zero Emission Tokyo Strategy" for contributing to the world's net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050, and in conjunction, announced the "Declaration of Tokyo’s Climate Crisis Mobilization”.

We are currently facing a severe climate crisis. Impacts of climate change, such as extreme heat and tremendous damage caused by heavy rain and typhoons, have already affected our daily lives. In light of this situation, the "Zero Emission Tokyo Strategy" sets out 14 policies and summarizes the government's vision for 2050 as well as tangible measures. The collective action of individuals can have a significant influence on the reduction of CO2. In order to achieve the goal of realizing a Zero Emission Tokyo, it is indispensable that all Tokyo residents work together to take up the challenge. May we join our forces to protect and strengthen the beautiful city of Tokyo. The full report and a summary of the ”Zero Emission Tokyo Strategy" is available on the English version of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Bureau of Environment website.

Next, we have information on a sports event. Coming up on February 24th, “Beyond Stadium 2020” event will be held to introduce the charms of para-sports.

This event welcomes people to actually participate in some of the featured sports, including Cyber Boccia, 5-a-side Football, Recreational Sports and more.  This is a free event where everyone is welcome! It takes place on February 24th, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports Ground. You can get to the venue from Komazawa Daigaku Station on the Tokyu Denentoshi Line. It’s a 15 minute walk from the station’s Park Exit.

And lastly, we have an important message regarding the Coronavirus.

Coronavirus infections have been confirmed and reported in Japan. To prevent the spread of infection, everyone is asked to practice regular preventive measures, such as frequent hand washing and wearing face masks in public places.

February 8th

First, we’re going to tell you about a photographic exhibition now taking place in a Tokyo subway station.

To showcase the behind the scenes of Toei Transportation, a photo exhibition is being held through February 14th at Oedo Line’s “Roppongi Station”. These photo works have been taken by three photographers of Magnum Photos, the world's leading photographic agency with a history of over 70 years. In all, 67 works, including shots of the railway from inside the Toei vehicles, maintenance sites and landscapes along the Toei lines are being displayed within the station. Next time you visit Roppongi, make sure to take a look around inside one of Tokyo’s busiest station.

Koishikawa Korakuen, one of Tokyo’s top spots for plum blossoms, is currently holding its annual festival for the flowers.

This park features around 90 trees with both red and white plum blossoms. When they’re in bloom, the grounds are filled with their sweet scent. Now that the days are getting a bit warmer, this is a great chance to experience the early onset of spring. During the festival, you can try on costumes and take commemorative photos at the photo booth section and enjoy rice dumplings sold at the kitchen car. The Koishikawa Korakuen plum festival runs through Sunday, March 1st. The park is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with last entry at 4:30 p.m. Admission is 300 yen. To get there, take the Toei Oedo Line to Iidabashi Station and head out of exit C3. It’s 3 minutes walk from the station.

And lastly, due to widespread concerns regarding the coronavirus in Japan, we advise everyone to stay calm and practice regular preventive measures, such as frequent hand washing and wearing face masks in public places.

February 1st

The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum in Ueno is hosting the exhibition, “Vilhelm Hammershøi and Danish Painting of the 19th Century”.

This art exhibition focuses on the works by Vilhelm Hammershøi, one of Denmark's most celebrated painters, who is also known as "the Vermeer of the North”. The show features 40 masterpieces including some works being showcased for the first time in Japan. The exhibition is held through Thursday, March 26th. Hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with last entry at 5 p.m.  General admission is 1,600 yen and 1,000 yen for seniors ages 65 and over. The museum is 7 minutes walk from JR Ueno station’s park exit. For details in English, including extended evening hours, check  the museum website(External link).

Next, we have information on an exciting and interactive event for ANIME fans.

A digital stamp-rally, “TOKYO Anime Tourism 2020” event starts from February 2nd. Participants can visit various spots in Tokyo, while collecting stamps and enjoy internationally popular Japanese anime contents using an AR-based app. This year, the event is based on the world of “My Hero Academia.” The app will let you visit scenes from the anime series, and collect digital stamps and points from 11 spots around Tokyo. To participate, download the official "TOKYO Anime Tourism 2020" app from the App Store or Google Play. Start the app and collect your points from each site. When you have collected the points, go to "Tokyo Anime Center in DNP Plaza" by March 23rd, and receive original goods based on the number of points you collected. (The desk is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. everyday, except Tuesdays.) Some items are limited in quantity and will end when the stock runs out. For details, check the official website(External link).

And lastly, we have information on the outbreak of pneumonia associated with a novel coronavirus.

It has been reported that people have been infected with the novel coronavirus in Japan. Please stay calm and take usual preventive measures such as face masks and hand washing. More information can be found on the Bureau of Social Welfare and Public Health website.

January 25th

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has produced the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics promotional pamphlet, "Let's Go Watch the Games!

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games” In line with the second ticket lottery for the Paralympic games, the second edition of the pamphlet has been released with more extensive information to help you plan for the games. This new version features 4 additional pages introducing selected players and sessions from each event, columns about the events, seating maps for each venue and information on the second ticket lottery. The digital PDF version can be downloaded from the Bureau of Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 Preparation website. Please go to the English version of the webpage and check the update list.

Next, we have information on the recruitment of torchbearers for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is currently recruiting torchbearers to run in the Tokyo Metropolitan area. In the Paralympic torch relay, groups of 3 torchbearers who are meeting for the first time will run together. To apply, please fill out and submit the application form found on the dedicated recruitment website by Tokyo Metropolitan Paralympic Torchbearer Selection Office. The website is available in Japanese and English. You can apply from the Recruitment website(External link). Application ends at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, February 15th. Winners of the selection will be notified after May 2020. Please note that applicants who are not selected will not be notified. We look forward to receiving many applications!

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