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Tokyo Metro says new station will be called Toranomon Hills, as trend of mixing Japanese and English continues

Tokyo >> Following a recent naming trend that mixes Japanese and English words, Tokyo Metro Co. has announced a new metro station will be called Toranomon Hills.

Toranomon Hills is the name of a skyscraper housing a business complex in the namesake district of Minato Ward. The station is under construction in an area between Kasumigaseki and Kamiyacho stations on the Hibiya Line, seven minutes on foot from the supermodern, 52-story structure, which opened in June 2014.

The announcement Dec. 5 came a day after East Japan Railway Co. announced a new station on the Yamanote Line between Shinagawa and Tamachi stations would be called Takanawa Gateway. JR East’s station is scheduled to partially open in the spring of 2020, with full operations beginning in 2024.

According to Tokyo Metro, its new station will open before the Olympic and Paralympic Games, scheduled to start July 24, 2020. From 2022, passengers will be able to transfer to the operator’s Ginza Line at the new station. Tokyo Metro said in a statement the name was meant to display unity with the local urban development project that involves a number of high-rise buildings, now under construction, using the same name.

Toranomon Hills and Takanawa Gateway are the latest stations with names using Japanese and English words, such as Tokyo Teleport, Shinagawa Seaside and Tennozu Isle on the Rinkai Line, operated by Tokyo Waterfront Area Rapid Transit Inc.

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