Dear me, another article full of nonsense about cycling in Japan.
Just for the record, wearing helmets is not required here, a 'shotengai' is a shopping street, not a 'business district', and cycling in one of them is usually illegal (the author needs to maybe check that out before he continues to go fleeing down his local one). Parking at stations is prohibited (of course) but there is usually a plethora of bike parking stations located not far from them and many stations in Tokyo provide undercover parking with staff there to guard your bike.
If you want to discuss problems regarding cycling, the law about riding on the footpath, vs the road is very vague, for example sometimes you are required to leave the road then rejoin it later on in response to a little blue sign usually hidden behind a tree. Police also do very little about women riding with 2-3 kids on their bike (also illegal, and a genuine safety hazard for the kids).
There are problems related to cycling in Tokyo, everyone knows this. The author needs to do a bit more research as to exactly what they are.
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