In preparation for the large influx of foreign visitors expected to make their way to Japan for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, a special Tokyo metropolitan government committee is discussing plans to revise and update road and location signs in an effort to assist foreign tourists during their time in Japan.
Detailed plans and scheduling for the sign revision project are expected to be finalized sometime this year.
For example, Japanese place names on signs in and around the Kokuritsukyogijo station near the Olympic Stadium will be have to be written in phonetic alphabet to assist foreign visitors, NHK reported. This, however, will not completely resolve the issue that many areas of Tokyo are difficult to navigate for foreigners who cannot read Japanese. There will be a need for signs in English, Chinese and other languages.
The committee consists of representatives from rail operators, bus companies and the hotel industry, among others.© Japan Today