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Buses & Trains Looking To Go 24/7 In Japan

Currently, the public transport in Japan while fantastic and on time so much so that you can set your watch to it, doesn’t run late at night so it’s often that salarymen will be forced to use a taxi to get home. Problem is the taxi companies know this so they tend to hike up their prices late at night to compensate for this.


This could be changing soon as Governor Naoki Inose from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government went on record saying he intends to extend some of the TOEI bus routes to a 24 hour timetable. One of the routes he particularly mentioned was the Shibuya to Roppongi route as a possible test, to start as soon as Christmas this year. With the subway trains though, he did express that this might be more difficult, but he did say, “We will extend hours of operation to the extent allowable. For buses though, it should be possible.”

Some of the public seem to be for it while others are against the notion of 24/7 public transport. Some people were saying, “I would prefer 24-hour buses to trains, then I will be able to get home from anywhere!” or the other argument was “Taxi drivers will be in tears” to “This will cause inevitable damage to Tokyo’s taxi industry.” Some others were more vocal adding, “Do not do it! It will mean more overtime”.

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Seems to be a touchy subject, we’ll let you know of any updates to this.

Anime Meets Public Transport In Japan

Anime is such a huge industry but especially in Japan where it appeals across all ages and not just the younger fans. It has such a huge impact that whenever studios need to promote a new season, a new anime or just anything to do with it, they usually look to advertising on public transport. Given the huge volume of people who would see the ad, it’s no wonder why.

This week in particular, around Akihabara train station, you’ll be able to catch ads for the 5th Yamato 2199 compilation, while in the prefecture of Okayama also known as the home area of Naruto author, Masashi Kishimoto, you can catch ads for Naruto. On the Fuji Kyuko line the cars, will be receiving a model train reproductions after running Evangelion promotions for all of January.

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Ore No Imouto Monorail, Chiba

Now why can’t all monorail or public transport for that matter look this good and inviting? The monorail you see below decked out itasha style is from the region known as Chiba and it’s all for the new season of OreImo that is forthcoming.

The Chiba Urban Monorail have taken part in the promotions to remind fans not to miss out and tune in as the show will be screening across Japan shortly. What a great way to remind fans by making it something memorable?

Anyone else have anything this fancy where they come from?

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