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This page shows material that was broadcast on Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s “TOKYO City Information” radio program.
(Inter FM 76.1 MHz)
Saturday 09:56-09:59 a.m., (Rebroadcast) Sunday 09:56-09:59 a.m.

July 26 Broadcast

On this week’s Tokyo City Information, we’ve got an announcement about Herpangina, a contagious illness often seen in children during the summer months and an exhibition of great morning glories at the Mukojima Hyakkaen Gardens.

According to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, herpangina, hand-foot-and-mouth disease (the adenovirus called “pool fever) and other illnesses commonly spread among children during the summer months are now on the rise. The authorities are calling for caution about a potential mass-scale breakout of the sickness. Some 95% of Tokyo’s herpangina patients are under 6 years old, and more than half of these victims are 2 years old or younger. Herpangina, hand-foot-and-mouth disease, and adenovirus are all viral diseases that can be spread through droplets scattered by sneezes or coughing. They can also spread via patients’ hands. It’s important to wash your hands with soap regularly, to cover your nose and mouth completely when you sneeze or cough, and to avoid using the same towels if you live together with others. A patient who comes down with the symptoms of this disease may carry the virus may in his or her fecal matter for two to four weeks. Be extra careful when handling diapers or toilet duties, and wash your hands well after all diaper changes and trips to the bathroom and before sitting down for a meal.

The morning glory is one of the best-loved traditional blooms of summer. The Mukojima Hyakkaen Gardens in Sumida City will display around 500 planters of large morning glories with blossoms up to 20 centimeters across. These flowers are at their best in the morning, so the park how has special opening hours beginning at 8 o’clock in the morning to let people enjoy the pink, blue, and violet blossoms. The gardens are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from Sunday, July 27th, through Sunday, August 3rd. You can get to the park from Higashi Mukojima Station on the Tobu Skytree Line. General admission to the park is just 150 yen, and 70 yen for seniors.

July 19 Broadcast

First, we’ve got information on consumer affairs consultations available in your language. The Tokyo Metropolitan Comprehensive Consumer Center offers advice and assistance to people who live, work, or attend school in Tokyo. If you’ve got questions about the quality of products or services you purchased, the sales methods employed, or the content of a contract, this is the place to call. Help is available in foreign languages, too. The first step is to call the center to arrange a date for your consultation. Even if your Japanese skills are rudimentary, you can set up a time on the phone. If you speak no Japanese at all, you may want to have someone at your side who can. When you come in for the consultation, there will be interpreters on hand who can speak English, Chinese and Korean. All your details will be kept in strict confidence. The phone number to call is 03-3235-1155. Consultation hours are from 9:00 to 5:00, from Monday through Saturday each week. The center is closed on Sundays and national holidays.

Next we’ve got an announcement about an art exhibition you won’t want to miss.Beginning on July 19th, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum is hosting a show titled “Ancient Egyptian Queens and Goddesses: Treasures from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.” The Met, one of America’s top art museums, has an amazing 30,000 pieces in its Egyptian collection. For this show, about 200 pieces on the theme of “women” have been brought to Japan for the first time ever. Some of the key items on display are those related to Hatshepsut, perhaps Egypt’s most important female pharaoh, as well as images of Hathor, goddess of love and fertility, and other objects of the ancient people’s faith. There are also magnificent accouterments worn by the royal women of ancient Egypt and cosmetic implements whose design resonates right down to the modern age. “Ancient Egyptian Queens and Goddesses” runs through September 23rd. The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum is open from 9:30 to 5:30 daily, with extended hours to 9:00 in the evening from August 12th through 17th. Admission is 1,600 yen for adults, 1,000 yen for seniors aged 65 and over. To get to the museum, walk about 7 minutes from the Park Exit of JR Ueno Station. For detailed information, including the dates when the museum is closed, surf to http://met-egypt2014.jp/english/

July 12 Broadcast

First this week, we’ve got an announcement about the Tokyo Metropolitan pharmaceutical information system. When you go to a hospital or medical clinic for an injury or illness, you may get a prescription. You can take this to a pharmacy at your convenience to get the medicine you need. The prescription lists the type of medicine, the amount to take, and the correct way to take it. Prescriptions come with expiration dates, so you’ve got to take them to a pharmacy while they are still valid. You are free to choose your pharmacy, but it’s recommended to select one that can keep track of which medicines you are taking to stay safe and avoid side effects that could come from combinations of drugs. There’s a website you can use to search for pharmacies where service is available in English, Chinese, Korean, or other languages. To use this online service, go to http://www.t-yakkyokuinfo.jp/

Next, we’ve got an announcement on a special exhibition of Studio Ghibli. The Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum in Koganei City is currently hosting the Studio Ghibli: Architecture in Animation exhibition that displays background paintings, image arts, and other works related to the buildings in Studio Ghibli’s famous films, including the “marsh house” from their upcoming release, When Marnie Was There. Visitors will especially want to see the models of aburaya, the bathhouse from Spirited Away, and the house where Sosuke and Ponyo lived in Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, which are specially built for this exhibition. Nowadays people are becoming less and less connected with the structures around them. The displays in this exhibition could be a way to reconnect us with the buildings that are intimately tied to our daily lives. Studio Ghibli: Architecture in Animation runs through December 14th. The Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum is closed on Mondays. When a national holiday falls on a Monday, it will close on the followingTuesday instead. Through September, museum hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Admission is 400 yen for adults and 200 yen for seniors aged 65 and over. To get to the Museum, take the JR Chuo Line to Musashi Koganei Station. The Seibu bus leaving from the north exit will take you to the Koganei Koen Nishiguchi stop. It’s a 5-minute walk from there.

July 5 Broadcast

The Tokyo Metropolitan Labor Consultation Center is offering advice to foreign residents on general labor issues including pay, retirement, labor hours as well as your relationships with employers. If you’ve ever been in a situation where your employer tells you that you don’t need to come in to work anymore,” or if you haven’t received the the pay or overtime you’ve earned, or if you’ve suffered from sexual harassment in the workplace, this is where to come with your problems. Labor consultation services are available in English or Chinese. All consultation is free of charge, and confidentiality is strictly maintained. The phone number to call is 03-3265-6110. English-speaking staff is available every weekday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., and Chinese-speaking staff is there during the same hours on Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday each week. If you make a reservation, you can also get counseling in Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Thai, or Persian. For more information on the operation days and hours, available languages and more, please visit the Tokyo Metropolitan Labor Consultation Center’s English-language website.

Tokyo’s Shiodome area is home to modern skyscrapers, but did you know that it’s also the location of a quiet Japanese garden that feels far from the center of the city? This is the urban oasis known as Hama-Rikyu Gardens. Through Sunday, August 10th, Hama-Rikyu is opening its gates at 7:30 a.m. to give more visitors a chance to enjoy the morning hours and the refreshing breezes off of Tokyo Bay. For foreign visitors, the park is offering a free one-hour guided tours in English. These morning tours start at 10:30 on Mondays and at 11 o’clock on Saturdays. Visitors wishing to take part should arrive at the front gate before the start of the tour. The Hama-Rikyu Gardens will extend its opening hours from 7:30 in the morning to 5 p.m. until August 10th. From 7:30 through 9:00 in the morning, only the bridge entrance at the north corner of the park will be open. To get to the park, take the Toei Oedo Line to Tsukijishijo Station or Shiodome Station and take a short walk from there. Admission is 300 yen for adults, 150 yen for seniors.

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