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Photo Journal: Multi language taxi

(Mainichi/Masahiro Ogawa)

Austrian taxi driver Wolfgang Ruger, 51, set his name sign on the dashboard before he departs for services from an office in Tokyo's Adachi Ward on Oct. 18, 2018. He came to Japan about 30 years ago and had worked as a ski instructor in Niigata Prefecture. After moving to Saitama Prefecture, where his wife's parents live, last year, he started working as a taxi driver in this April with skills of Japanese and English as well as German. His employer Hinomaru Kotsu Co., which operates more than 600 taxis in Tokyo, began to recruit foreigners in the summer of last year and now employed 31 foreign drivers from 14 countries. The company plans to increase the foreign staff to 100 by the opening of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in accordance with increasing inbound tourists.

(Japanese original by Masahiro Ogawa, Photo Group)

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