Interest Doraemon Train to End Service in October Due to Ad Ban
posted on 2011-09-23 12:55 EDT by Egan Loo
Odakyu Electric Railway announced on Thursday that it will no longer have a train decorated with Doraemon and other manga characters due to Tokyo's ban on large outdoors advertising. Starting in October, the service will instead run a train with a standard paint scheme on the line currently served by the "Odakyu F-Train."
The line began service on August 3 to celebrate the September 3 opening of the Fujiko F. Fujio Museum. However, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government contacted Odakyu since it considered the train's manga illustrations as advertising for the museum. The government explained that the train violated the law on outdoors advertising that exceeds a standard size without a permit application.
Odakyu said that the law violation was unintentional, and it apologized to its customers and those involved for the inconvenience.
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