Security Cameras to be Installed in Tokyo Subway Cars

Category: Lifestyle/Entertainment


Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

  1. protocol / ˈproʊ təˌkɒl / (n) – a set of rules that explain the standard way of doing something

    The government put protocols in place to avoid accidents.

  2. strategic / strəˈti dʒɪk / (adj) – done or designed carefully to achieve a certain goal

    The partnership was a strategic move to save the company from bankruptcy.

  3. footage / ˈfʊt ɪdʒ / (n) – events recorded in a video

    The criminal’s face was seen in the footage.

  4. vandalism / ˈvæn dlˌɪz əm / (n) – the act of destroying public or private property intentionally

    Vandalism is commonly done in public toilets.

  5. brochure / broʊˈʃʊər / (n) – a short reading material with a few pages

    They got travel brochures from the airport.


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Tokyo’s subway train operators will install security cameras inside every train car.

Both Toei Subway and Tokyo Metro, the two operators of Tokyo subway trains, said that they aim to enhance their safety protocols by installing security cameras in approximately 3,800 subway train cars. Each car will be equipped with several cameras in strategic locations. Toei will place a number of cameras on each car’s ceiling, while Tokyo Metro intends to install a camera above every car door.

The video footage will be stored for one week and will only be checked if a problem is reported. According to the operators, installing cameras can prevent theft and vandalism. Moreover, the footage can be used as evidence, which would help solve crimes right away.

However, the security cameras’ positive effects will not be felt immediately. Toei Subway will install cameras starting with the Shinjuku line in August 2017, while Tokyo Metro will begin with the Hibiya line in 2018. Installation is expected to finish around 2023 and may still be extended for other train lines.

The Tokyo train operators’ safety initiatives also include other projects. For example, Toei invests in training its staff to handle different emergencies such as natural disasters and other threats. They also conduct drills regularly.

On the other hand, Tokyo Metro spreads awareness through its Handy Safety Guide, a brochure that explains to commuters what to do in cases of emergency. In addition, they have separate guidelines for parents who commute with their children.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.

Discussion A

• Do you think installing cameras will prevent people from committing a crime? Why or why not?
• What are possible disadvantages of installing cameras in trains?

Discussion B

• Aside from installing cameras, in what other ways can the government ensure the safety of the people in public places?
• Would you install security cameras in your home? Why or why not?