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Japan’s train fare prices may rise to pay for accessibility improvements

Using the train in Japan is likely to cost a little bit more as Japan’s transport ministry is considering to charge more to help improve accessibility at railway stations.

By Barrier Free Japan

June 22 2021

Using the train in Japan is likely to cost a little bit more as Japan’s transport ministry is considering to charge more to help improve accessibility at railway stations, it was reported in The Japan News on Monday.

An additional fee of ten yen per journey is being considered to be applied to Japan Railways and other private railways operating in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya.

The increase in fee, proposed by the Land, Infrastructure, Transport & Tourism is being discussed with railway operators as to how such a fee might be introduced in two years time.

Such a fee will provide revenue for railway operators to install or maintain ‘barrier free’ facilities like elevators, escalators and platform doors.

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