How a bill to remove billboards from Japan could have a big impact on Americans

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A bill that would remove billboards across Japan from its shores is gaining steam.

Key points:The bill would allow cities to apply for the billboard ban, and it would allow the city to be sued if it violates the banThe bill, sponsored by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rep. Justin Amash, R. Mich., is expected to be introduced on Wednesday, July 25, 2020The bill calls for removing billboards in the city that hosts the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and the Japanese Consulate General in New York, among other places.

If passed, the bill would be a first for Japan.

The last time a bill was introduced to remove a billboard from the country’s shores was in 2014, when then-Mayor Tomiichi Masuda was defeated in a runoff election over the incumbent.

The bill was then reintroduced in 2020 by a local lawmaker.