The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department has stationed officers who speak English at two koban in Shibuya and Shinjuku.
The police department said the two koban are in front of Shibuya Station and in Shinjuku's Kabukicho nightlife area, Fuji TV reported. The Kabukicho koban is also staffed by an officer who can speak Chinese.
The new language services began Friday and a total of 25 officers who speak English or Chinese will be on duty 24 hours a day during a six-month trial period.
A police department spokesperson said the move is aimed at helping police better deal with inquiries from tourists and that in future, more foreign language-speaking officers will be stationed at other koban around the city as the number of tourists to Tokyo is expected to increase in the lead-up to the 2020 Olympics.© Japan Today