East Japan Railway Co (JR East) has announced plans to spend 80 million yen on anti-graffiti measures in the coming years.
According to a company spokesperson, JR East plans to remove the graffiti from walls and pillars next to train lines, before coating them with a glossy, anti-graffiti paint. The paint is designed to make spray painting difficult and to be easily cleanable, Sankei Shimbun reported Friday.
The company plans to clean and coat around 100 locations in Tokyo over the course of the three-year plan, with each location reported to cost around two million yen. The program is scheduled to begin in 40 test locations in Shibuya and Harajuku stations from the end of May.
"Just washing away graffiti hasn't been enough. It is always replaced," the program supervisor said, according to Sankei. "With this new initiative, we're hoping to reduce the problem, if only just a little."© Japan Today