Japan Starts Using New Pictogram Signs
Tokyo, July 20 (Jiji Press)—Japan has changed some pictogram signs used on street corners and created new ones, mainly to help foreign visitors get around more easily, the industry ministry said Thursday.
A total of 16 new signs were added, including for Wi-Fi wireless Internet access and convenience stores. The designs of seven signs were changed, such as that for parking spaces.
The use of the brand-new and revised pictogram signs began the same day. All previous signs will be replaced within two years in the lead-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
The ministry initially planned to change the design of the pictogram for hot springs to meet international standards.
But the ministry decided to allow hot spring inns to choose either the conventional sign or a new one that is in line with the international standards, because many inns requested the old sign be kept in use.