Tokyo, Dec. 20 (Jiji Press)—Japan’s transport ministry said Tuesday that it will lower the taxi starting fare to ¥410 from the current ¥730 mainly in central Tokyo from January 30, 2017.
The starting fare will stand at ¥410 for 1.052 kilometers, compared with the current ¥730 for 2 kilometers.
The ministry hopes to stimulate demand for casual short-distance rides from tourists to Japan and elderly people.
The new fare will apply to taxies operating in the busy 23 wards in central Tokyo and the cities of Musashino and Mitaka in the western suburbs.
After the starting-fare distance, ¥80 will be charged per 237 meters, against the current ¥90 per 280 meters.
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