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August 23, 2017

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*This program was first broadcast on May 10, 2017

Countdown to 2020: Rent-a-Bike

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Welcome to series, Countdown to 2020. Our first episode is "Rent-a-Bike." As the Olympics approach, bicycle transit is getting a lot of buzz. Let's check out how new bicycle services are giving users a unique view of Tokyo.

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Tokyo Community Bike Sharing Six of the city's 23 wards (Chiyoda, Chuo, Minato, Shinjuku, Bunkyo, and Koto) participate in this for bicycle-sharing plan, with a total of about 250 rental port locations where bikes can be rented and returned.

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Tokyobike Rentals Yanaka This bike rental shop is located in Yanaka, part of Tokyo's historic "shitamachi." Offers bicycles specially designed for Tokyo riding in a rainbow of fashionable colors.

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Chari Ya Tokyo Offers a range of Tokyo cycling tours tailored to specific interests. Can accommodate English and Chinese as well as Japanese speakers.

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Toshi Nogyo Park Expansive park with rice paddies, fields, and beds of seasonal flowers. Home to a variety of historic buildings. Offers a rent-a-bike service handy for scenic cycling along the adjoining Arakawa River's embankment and floodplain.

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- Tokyobike Rentals Yanaka
Address: 4-2-39 Yanaka, Taito-ku
- Chari Ya Tokyo
Address: Todoroki Mansion 1C, 4-16-4 Asakusa, Taito-ku
- Toshi Nogyo Park
Address: 2-44-1 Shikahama, Adachi-ku

Others

Kawasaki Robostage
Address: Tradepia Odaiba Bldg 1F, 2-3-1 Daiba, Minato-ku
Nihonbashi Yuma
Address: 2-32-5 Nihonbashi Ningyocho, Chuo-ku
Ninja Trick House in Tokyo
Address: Daiichi Wako Bldg 4F, 2-28-13 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku

Reporters

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Winnie Hsu

Nationality:
Taiwanese
Occupation:
Student
When did you first come to Japan?:
October 2013
Reason for coming to Japan:
I have been interested in Japanese culture as well as the delicate and cute Japanese goods since I was a kid. Therefore, when I came across the opportunity to study in Japanese colleges, I did not have a slight hesitation! Arriving in Tokyo by myself at the age of 18, I embarked a great journey from then. My decision to come to Japan is probably my best decision so far! I am truly in love with the city, and embracing the everyday challenges and excitement. And I want to share with more people the wonderful things in Tokyo.
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Michael Keida

Nationality:
American
Occupation:
Farmer/Model/Actor
When did you first come to Japan?:
I arrived in 2007.
Reason for coming to Japan:
I first came to Japan for one year before returning to America for graduate school. After arriving by chance in a cozy beach town an hour outside of Tokyo, I had finally found my home. Japan has taught me patience, appreciation for simplicity, and how to be a kid again.