Unlicensed Taxi Operations by Chinese Drivers Increasing in Japan (News)


Osaka, Nov. 15 (Jiji Press)—Unlicensed taxi services by Chinese nationals are increasing at airports and tourist spots in Japan amid a rise in the number of travelers from China.

Japanese police have started to crack down on such services, which not only pose potential problems in the safety of passengers but also take away business opportunities from licensed taxi operators.

In late October, the Osaka prefectural police arrested four male Chinese nationals on suspicion of engaging in an unlicensed taxi service in violation of the road transportation law.

The arrests were very unusual, because it is difficult to establish such a case since reservations, settlements and other related procedures can be all completed online, according to police sources.

Unlicensed taxi services for Chinese travelers are provided by Chinese residents in Japan.

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