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Tokyo declared world’s safest city

Tokyo was declared the world's safest metropolis in the Economist Intelligence Unit's Safe Cities Index 2015. (Filipe Frazao /

Megacities can also be safe cities. That’s a lesson from Tokyo, declared the world’s safest metropolis in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Safe Cities Index 2015.

The annual rankings examine 50 cities from 40 different angles, such as infrastructure safety and health security.

“The Japanese capital performs most strongly when it comes to the security of its technology assets,” the report says. It tops the rankings for digital security and makes the top five for personal and infrastructure safety. For the world’s most populous city, safety is paramount as it prepares to host the 2020 Summer Olympics.

The city’s achievements in these categories pay wider dividends, as “safety is closely linked to wealth and economic development,” the authors note. Despite the accolades, the report identifies areas where Tokyo can improve. The earthquake-prone city needs to strengthen disaster mitigation. While a ban on diesel bettered air quality, more steps must be taken to reduce auto emissions and traffic. Another concern is that older, traditional wooden houses are susceptible to fire. 


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