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Akihabara's 'Pedestrians' Paradise' to Return in January

posted on 2010-12-10 21:49 EST by Gia Manry
Weekly tradition of removing cars from roads ended after 2008 stabbings; return delayed from May

The Tokyo Metropolitan Public Safety Commission has announced that the tradition of zoning certain streets as pedestrian-only on Sundays (known as "pedestrians' paradise") will resume on January 23, 2011. However, the "pedestrians' paradise" are only scheduled on Sundays through June 23. The tradition may continue after that date if no new incidents take place before then.

The weekly tradition ended in the wake of the hit-and-run and stabbings that resulted in the deaths of seven people in 2008. A plan to restore the tradition this past May was announced but did not come to fruition.

Akihabara, or "Akiba," is part of the city of Tokyo and serves as a major shopping district for anime, manga, and game goods, as well as electronics.

Source: NHK


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