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Metropolis MailMag
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April 8-15, 2011
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Publishing After “The Day After”

MMC

At this difficult time our hearts are with the Japanese people who have suffered and continue to suffer the effect of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Like many companies, Metropolis has been hit by certain consequences such as energy shortages, lack of essential supplies, and the threat of radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi power plant 250km to the north. Many foreigners have left Japan, and even fewer tourists are coming in. These factors have forced us to take a very difficult decision.

For the first time since 1995, Metropolis magazine will be published twice a month, instead of the weekly schedule you have come to rely on.

We would like to stress that our output of fresh material will be unchanged. Much more will be published online, and we are improving our interactive communication via various applications and resources. This includes our Metrodining application, launched this month. At www.metrodining.jp, users can discover Tokyo restaurants and bars, and add their own comments and feedback. This app is available on your phone as well as your computer, to enable access to Metropolis listings on the go. Our Classifieds will still be updated regularly via http://classifieds.metropolis.co.jp. Finally, our thriving SNS at http://metropolis.co.jp/community offers a communal webspace to our 13,000 plus subscribers for all their meeting and dating needs.

This biweekly printing schedule is a temporary measure. Our hopes are that Japan may soon start the healing process for this horrific tragedy and recover the tranquility and productivity that have earned it the respect of the world. We are committed to returning to our weekly printing schedule. In the meantime, we will be doing all we can to bring you the same quality content we have offered the Tokyo expat community for over 15 years. Find out for yourself—and let us know what you think—www.metropolis.co.jp.

Terrie Lloyd
(Publisher)


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