One of the things that I’ve been always proud of my hometown is availability of free WiFi provided by the city. Take a look at this map from Kyoto city and check out its WiFi coverage.
Needless to say, Japan offers ultra-fast broadband connectivity that no other countries can match its speed. Having this kind of free WiFi service is beneficial not only to tourists coming to the town but also local startups that occasionally use coffee shops or even benches at Kamo River as their workspace. I personally enjoy the service a lot whenever I go outside.
Hoping NYC will catch up very quickly.