People Can Walk The Streets Of Akihabara Again!

It used to be that on Sundays and holidays, Tokyo's electrics and game mecca Akihabara closed off its streets to cars and turned itself into a "Pedestrians' Paradise". Then, seven individuals were tragically killed in a stabbing spree.

And all that changed.

The streets were closed to foot traffic, and the area even installed security cameras.

However, even before the tragedy there had been those critical of the foot traffic and the crowds Pedestrians' Paradise drew.

This past Monday, the local neighbourhood association and Akihabara "Electric Town" representatives meet and have decided to revive Pedestrians' Paradise. Details (days, times, etc.) are still being hammered out with the police.

Glad to see the area slowly return to normal.

Akiba [Jiji Press via Temple Knights via ANN][Pic]


Comments

    Good!

    The area just hasn't felt the same without it. In all truth, it was just another example of the Japanese government making a stupid and empty gesture to look like they were "doing something" instead of taking a look at the issue.

    The guy who killed the people in Akiba drove from another prefecture. It was a pre-meditated assault by a mentally disturbed man. People walking on the street instead of the footpath made zero difference.

    Thankfully, the government is starting to finally acknowledge that Japan's young people have serious mental disorders. Hikikomori isn't some silly social phenomenon, it's a result of a range of psychological problems that need to be addressed.

    Only time will tell if things can really go back just the way they were (or better!) but it's really great to see that the area and the council are ready to move on.

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