Japanese runners have been warned to be more polite when they run around the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo, after more visitors complained about their rudeness.
Tourists visiting the surroundings of the Imperial Palace have complained of runners crashing into them from behind and then trotting off without saying sorry, according to the officials.
“In some cases, the victims were jeered at or yelled at by joggers,” said an official from Chiyoda-ku, the ward in Tokyo that is home to the palace.
It is strictly forbidden for tourists to enter the emperor’s official residence, but some large parts of the Palace’s surroundings are open for visiting and its green spaces provide a more than welcomed breath of fresh air in the polluted and densely-concreted Tokyo, attracting around 10,000 runners every day.
Chiyoda-ku officials, who say they have received around 100 complaints in the last three-to-four years, have now erected signs urging joggers to observe the rules: yield to pedestrians, run counter-clockwise and be polite, the international press reports.
While some older Japanese bemoan slipping standards of behavior, public confrontations and outright rudeness remain very rare, even in highly crowded Tokyo.