One perennial complaint of new foreign residents of Tsukuba has been that buses were very difficult to use since there were no numbers on the buses and everything on the buses and bus stops was written only in Japanese, without even any "romaji". This has been one of several areas where "The International City" has not been very international.
Through the concerted efforts (pressure) of numerous people and groups, the Kantetsu Bus Company has finally got around to numbering all of their routes and is in the process of putting romanized lettering on all of their bus stop signs along with numbers on the buses. Likewise, they will be distributing color-coded maps in the near future.
Tokio Ohska of KEK has been heading up a group of people from numerous research institutes and other organizations (including the Alien Times) who represent the needs of the foreign community, and he has been instrumental in nudging the bus company along. For those in a hurry to get the map, copies from a color copier are available in small quantity at the KEK office now. They will be generally available about the end of March and will be placed in such places as the Tsukuba Bus Center and Information Center.
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