These Japanese Robots Are Multilingual, Designed To Assist 2020 Olympics Visitors

International Business Times

Japan is known for its cultural quirks. Be it the food, the growing gaming culture or the expanding robot arsenal, Japan never fails to set your imagination alight. Now, the country will be introducing multilingual robot concierges that would welcome visitors at a Tokyo Metropolitan Government's building to test their practical usage ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. The trial is part of the metropolitan government's efforts to help accelerate developments of such robots for use by foreign tourists visiting Japan, according to a news report published by NHK World. The government wants to slowly introduce these bots into Japan's everyday life to help commuters and people get information faster and more efficiently.

Japan installs rollerskating robots that speak Japanese AND English at Haneda airport

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Visitors arriving to Japan through Tokyo's Haneda airport will soon be greeted by a fleet of tiny humanoid robots. Standing just 90 centimetres tall, the humanoid named'EMIEW3' will guide users to the proper destination at the terminal and has the ability to communicate in both Japanese and English. Hitachi Ltd began its trials with the robots on Friday, and it's hoped that these assistants will be able to perform autonomously as early as December. Visitors arriving to Japan through Tokyo's Haneda airport will soon be greeted by a fleet of tiny humanoid robots. Standing just 90 centimetres tall, the humanoid named'EMIEW3' has the ability to communicate in both Japanese and English Trials will run through December at the airport's domestic Terminal 2, The Japan Times reports.

Heart of gold: The Ginza Line celebrates its 90th birthday

The Japan Times

Born of disasters, war and massive infrastructure projects, 21st-century Tokyo has plenty of ghosts buried underground. If you ride the subway these days, you can catch a fleeting glimpse of two of them but, if you blink, you'll miss them. The Ginza Line is marking 90 years since its opening with the illumination of two "ghost stations" abandoned long ago. Manseibashi and Jingumae stations have been brought back from the dead as part of a tribute to the Ginza Line, which was the first subway line built in Japan and East Asia.

JR East aims to launch ferry route linking Haneda with central Tokyo

The Japan Times

East Japan Railway Co. is looking to launch a ferry service connecting Haneda airport with central Tokyo to attract overseas visitors and secure an additional transport route during disasters, company sources have said. Together with its planned train line linking Haneda -- officially known as Tokyo International Airport -- with major stations in the capital, the company aims to significantly improve access with the new ferry service, which could start operation next year, the sources said Friday. Modeled after ferry services in New York's Brooklyn borough, the railway company, also known as JR East, plans to link popular tourist areas such as Asakusa and Nihonbashi by making the Takeshiba district, located near Hamamatsucho Station, the terminus for the new water route. The company is floating a plan to launch routes serving tourist spots earlier than other routes and ahead of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics next year. The Takeshiba area in Minato Ward is in the midst of a large-scale redevelopment project being conducted by JR East.

Distinctive new roof placed over Shibuya Station platform that is set to open in 2020

The Japan Times

An M-shaped white roof was unveiled over a new subway platform at Tokyo's Shibuya Station on Thursday as the iconic tourist and nightlife hub's large-scale redevelopment progresses. During an early morning media preview, the structure was slowly placed over the new Ginza Line platform that operator Tokyo Metro Co. plans to open to passengers by the end of March 2020. The line's two working platforms at the station, currently located on an upper level inside the station building, will be moved outside and along the tracks by 130 meters, putting it above the busy Meiji-dori avenue. According to Tokyo Metro, when finished the structure will be 110 meters in length, 28 meters wide and 9 meters tall. The ¥29 billion project is scheduled for completion in August.