Tokyo metropolitan police have begun installing new multilingual signs at pedestrian crossings to help internationals in the city.
The new signs are meant to make it easier for foreign visitors use button-activated street crossing signals. The effort comes amid a growing number of tourists and as the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games approach.
Workers installed a new sign at a crossing in front of Tokyo Station on Friday that offers guidance in 15 languages.
Instructions are in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean. When pedestrians download an application with smartphones and scan a bar code on the sign, they can receive audio guidance in 11 other languages, including Thai, Vietnamese, German and Russian.
Tokyo police plan to install the signs at 3,500 locations, including sites near Olympic facilities and in areas popular with tourists from abroad.
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