Abe wants stores, restaurants to go multilingual in run-up to 2020

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose on Wednesday agreed to encourage operators of stores, restaurants and other facilities to expand the use of foreign-language signs and other materials for the benefit of overseas visitors in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Abe and Inose confirmed that the central government and the metropolitan government will deepen cooperation to make the Summer Olympic Games a success as they met at the premier's office after Tokyo won the right to host the Olympics at an International Olympic Committee meeting in Buenos Aires last weekend.

During the meeting, Inose proposed that a consultative body be created by the central government, the metropolitan government and industry bodies to promote the use of multiple languages, with Abe responding that it is "a great idea."