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The new fare label is seen on the window of a taxi in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, on Monday. (The Japan News/File)
The initial fare for taxis operating in Tokyo’s 23 wards and the cities of Musashino and Mitaka was reduced on Monday from ¥730 for the first two kilometers to ¥410 for the first 1.052 kilometers.
The new system will reduce the fare for those who ride in a taxi for less than about two kilometers, according to the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry. However, fares for rides from about two kilometers to about 6.5 kilometers may be cheaper or more expensive than before, while trips of about 6.5 kilometers or more will see a fare hike.
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The change is expected to boost the number of passengers for short-distance rides, such as shoppers.
At Tokyo’s Shinbashi Station, a line of taxis bearing the new fare label were seen waiting for customers on Monday morning.
“I often take short rides, as I have young kids,” said a 33-year-old dentist from Ota Ward, Tokyo, as she got out of a taxi with her two small daughters. “Taxis are more accessible now that the starting fare is cheaper.”
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