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Tokyo taxi fares rise for 1st time in 15 years with base fare up almost 20%

A taxi stand sign is seen in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward in this April 15, 2019 file photo. (Mainichi/Kazuhisa Soneda)

TOKYO -- Taxi fares in Tokyo's 23 wards and some of its suburbs rose from Nov. 14 for the first time in about 15 years, with the base fare raised from 420 yen (about $3) to 500 yen.

    The new fare system is implemented by taxi companies operating in Tokyo's 23 wards and the suburban cities of Mitaka and Musashino. Along with the base fare, the additional distance-based fares were also increased, and passengers are required to pay 100 yen (approx. $0.70) for every 255 meters, instead of the previous 80 yen for every 233 meters. Taxi fares in the capital rose for the first time since December 2007.

    According to the Kanto District Transport Bureau, 295 businesses, or about 98% of firms in the applicable areas, reported that they implemented the increased fares. Taxi companies are apparently shouldering increased costs due to a fall in passengers amid the coronavirus pandemic, a sharp rise in fuel prices, the installation of cashless payment systems, and other factors.

    (Japanese original by Kei Tsuchiya, Tokyo Business News Department)

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