Travel: Public facility symbols to get tourist-friendly makeovers

(From Asahi Shimbun)

Confusing public information symbols, which often leave foreign tourists scratching their heads, have prompted the government to revamp the pictograms ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

The economy ministry announced July 7 at a Japanese Industrial Standards revision committee meeting that 70 of about 140 pictograms used at public facilities will be revised from next summer to meet the standards set by the International Organization for Standardization.

The remaining 70 or so symbols will continue to be used because there are no international standards that correspond to them. Read more

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