Old wooden Harajuku Station to be demolished
NHK -- Nov 20
East Japan Railway says it will tear down Harajuku Station, the oldest wooden station building in Tokyo, after the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in the metropolis.

JR East announced on Tuesday that it reached the decision after consulting with Shibuya Ward, where the station is located, and local retail associations.

The aging structure will be replaced with a new one now being built adjacent to it. The new station is expected to be completed on March 21 of next year.

The current station building was built in 1924.

The railway operator says the old structure is not sufficiently fire resistant.

The company says it will use materials that comply with fire resistance standards to re-create the European-style station after pulling it down.

It says that despite calls to retain the historic landmark, it decided on the demolition for safety reasons.

来年3月に向けて建て替え工事が進むJR原宿駅の現在の木造駅舎が来年の東京オリンピック・パラリンピック後に解体されることになりました。  JR原宿駅は現在の駅舎が老朽化したため、隣に新たな駅舎を造る工事が進められていて、来年3月21日の始発から新駅舎での運行が始まることになっています。JR東日本は19日の会見で、現在の駅舎を来年の東京オリンピック・パラリンピックの大会後に解体することを明らかにしました。現在の駅舎は1924年(大正13年)に建てられたもので、都内では最も古い木造駅舎で地元などからは保存を求める声が上がっていました。こうしたことを受け、JR東日本は何らかの形で駅舎を残すことを検討しています。
News sources: NHK, ANNnewsCH
Jan 19
Fears are mounting that a new coronavirus identified in China may spread, not only infecting humans but also hurting the world’s second-biggest economy, which already is beset by a trade war with the United States. (Japan Times)
Jan 19
Five major Tokyo-based private television networks will take turns airing daily coverage of the Tokyo Olympic Games this summer, sources close to the matter said Saturday. (Kyodo)
Jan 19
Three employees were slashed by four men in a bar in Shinjuku, Tokyo, early Saturday morning. (Japan Today)
Jan 18
An international group of geologists on Friday formally adopted “Chibanian” as the name of a geologic age spanning 770,000 to 126,000 years ago, researchers said, marking the first time a Japanese name has been chosen. (Japan Times)
Jan 18
With Japanese society often placing intense pressure on teens and adults alike, as well as traditional values that can frame self-sacrifice as an admirable way of taking responsibility, a high suicide rate has long been a dark mark on the nation’s culture. (soranews24.com)
Jan 18
The Hiroshima High Court on Friday revoked a lower court decision and ordered Shikoku Electric Power Co. to suspend a reactor in western Japan, dealing a blow to the government's bid to bring more reactors back online after the 2011 nuclear crisis. (Kyodo)
Jan 18
Japanese Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi, a potential future prime minister according to some opinion polls, said he became the father of a baby boy on Friday. (Kyodo)
Jan 17
The report Thursday of Japan's first case of the new coronavirus that emerged in China last month has underscored issues with Tokyo's defenses against cross-border outbreaks as the region's busiest travel season of the year begins. (Nikkei)
Jan 16
Wide areas along the Sea of Japan coast are experiencing a winter with record-low amounts of snow. (NHK)
Jan 15
Spent mixed oxide fuel has been removed from a reactor at a nuclear power plant in western Japan in the first such operation in Japan, the plant operator said Tuesday. (Japan Today)