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Thursday, 28th August 2008
In General Japan News,

Akihabara street to reopen?

Discussions are underway as to whether a pedestrianised street in Akihabara should be reopened after being closed off this year.

An area that is often closed off to traffic made the news in June when a man with a knife attacked shoppers, killing seven people.

The street was consequently closed to pedestrians in the interest of public safety, but now Chiyoda Ward officials are discussing with retailers and residents the possibility of allowing shoppers to use the street again, Japan Today reports.

Akihabara is famed as an area selling electronic gadgets at affordable prices - and retailers are concerned that they are losing out on custom.

In recent weeks, the atmosphere of Akihabara has returned to normal, but police remain a heavy presence, according to Wired.com.

The section of Chuo-dori that is found in the district was formerly closed to traffic on Sundays.