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Tuesday, 18th June 2013

Tokyo may become 24-hour city

Tokyo has taken one step further to becoming a 24-hour city with the announcement that at the end of this year, it will begin trialing a bus service which will run throughout the night.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government confirmed that buses will run between Shibuya and Roppongi districts between one and five in the morning on Saturdays.

Officials from the metropolitan government said they hoped the service will serve to highlight Tokyo's role as an international city.

If the service is successful and is used by a large number of people they will consider expanding it to more districts.

Tokyo is renowned for its train system, with the metro and Toei networks carrying more than eight million passengers every day, making it the number one most used subway system in the world.

Overall, some 40 million passengers travel on the city's rail system every day. Buses in the city are mainly used to ferry people from one train station to the next.

Written by  Mark Smith


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