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Travel News New Yamanote station named "Takanawa Gateway"

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The first "new station" on the Yamanote loop since Nishi-Nippori Station opened in 1971 will be called "Takanawa Gateway" (高輪ゲートウェイ駅). The name was chosen based on public submissions; though"Takanawa" placed first, JR East decided to name the new station "Takanawa Gateway" (ranked 130th). The station will also be accessible by the Toei Asakusa Line and the Keikyu Line via the nearby Sengakuji Station (source).

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New station on Tokyo's loop rail line to be named Takanawa Gateway - The Mainichi

New station on Tokyo's Yamanote line to be named Takanawa Gateway - Japan Today

Here's a news flash from last June showing a few design details of the new station:

 

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Any ideas why the station is getting the gairaigo treatment with the tacky "gateway" added onto it? What's the point of having a poll if you're going to just pick the name you wanted that's not even in the top 100(!) results?

According to this Japan Today article, when it started it had the tentative name of "Global Gateway Shinagawa," so I guess some execs or government officials really liked the sound of that and tried to hold onto it? Meanwhile I'm seeing comments like "ダサくない?" on social media when discussing the new station name.
 

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Sengakuji-eki would be nice. The temple is famous for its graveyard where the "47 Ronin" (also known as Akoroshi, the "masterless samurai from Ako") are buried.
 
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