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THE JAPANESE government has, after a pilot programme in 2017, lowered the minimum taxi tariff in Tokyo to Y410 (£2.67).

The move is designed to increase the use of cabs by residents and tourists after the number of taxi passengers dropped by 30 per cent in ten years.

A 75 year old woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, said:

I normally travel by bus, but now that the fares have been lowered, it is easier for me to use a taxi when I am tired.

A spokesman for the government said: “The fare revision is designed to boost the number of short-distance riders and erase the impression among international travellers that cab fares in Tokyo are prohibitively expensive.”

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