This is a good news for non-Japanese people who hesitate to enjoy eating at local restaurants in Toky because of language barrier to understand their menu lists...
This week Tokyo Metropolitan government launched a new tool on its website for restaurants owners. Tokyo, one of the biggest cities in the world, aiming to become a successful candidate for Summer Olympic 2016, is keen to increase reputations for citizen's hospitality to foreign tourirsts.
As one of the measurements to raise the service standard, the governement provides a tool on its official website for small or middle size local restaurant owners who are unlikely to have sufficient language skills to organize their menu lists in foreign languages.
According to the website, by selecting formats, food menu from over 2500 sample, the tool helps with creating menu lists in English, Korean and Chinese (Simplified and Complicated letters). It also allows adding some explanations about Japanese food for those who are not familier with it.
I hope that soon you will see English menu at more restaurants in Tokyo and that you will feel more comfortable to enjoy there!