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Tokyo's taxi industry undergoing some radical changes

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By Jack Tarrant

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Funny, I still think the new 'JPN Taxi' is painted black and not indigo. Even in this news story, the taxi looks black in the image provided. When I first saw them months ago I thought they were on a 'test loan' from the UK and said to the group I was with, "look a London black cab". Good to see that these cabs will be showing up in larger numbers soon. Great for those with accessibility requirements and I'm sure they will also come in handy for some 'shopping' trips as well.

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wondr if the yak still get a big slice?

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still charging over $6 a kilo complete rip off business just like the farming industry here. Uber is here but its just a worthless app that calls one of these taxis...

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Words "Japan" and "radical" are not compatible.

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I would LOVE to see Toyota develop a version of the new JPN Taxi specifically for the US market. The new taxis in New York City based on the Nissan NV200 commercial van is just way too big a vehicle for a taxi, in my opinion.

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To that end, much thought was given to the choice of colour for the exterior before Toyota selected Koiai, a deep indigo once derived from plant dyes.

"It is sometimes known as 'Japan Blue',"

Interesting ...every time I ve seen one of these new cabs they seemed black to me. Must be a very deep indigo blue.

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"Japan has the world's highest proportion of elderly cab drivers with 72 percent of the male population over the age of 65 employed in this field."

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In my experience 90% of the taxi' I take home. (only on really rainy days) are poorly trained and have no idea where I live.

I live in the tallest mansion in the area.

It is "the" designated evacuation building for my area.

It is a 5 minute walk from the station. (I never use umbrellas...rainy days only)

There is no excuse for them not to know...but most don't and I have to give directions.

So...who should pay who. Me, for the ride. Or, him for my training?

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Taxi are just another form of pension top ups but I know several who work them and are still not retired. Like the old guys working the crossings and building sites with the light sticks.

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I actually caught a ride with him about 2 weeks ago. Nothing but a total gentleman.

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I would like the authorities to check the gps in taxi companies, I am convinced they are manipulated and do not show the shortest route

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Raymond Chang

The new taxis in New York City based on the Nissan NV200 commercial van is just way too big a vehicle for a taxi, in my opinion.

Way too big? The NV200 is only 7 inches longer than the Prius cabs, is shorter than the Camry cabs, narrower than either models it replaces while boasting several times the passenger/cargo capacity.

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I the UK London taxi drivers have to undergo a strict test commonly known as "The knowledge" do taxi driver in Tokyo or Kyoto do the same thing?

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still charging over $6 a kilo complete rip off business just like the farming industry here. Uber is here but its just a worthless app that calls one of these taxis...

Correction: 2 kilometers for $6.

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UK London taxi drivers have to undergo a strict test commonly known as "The knowledge"

I watched a documentary about the process of becoming a taxi driver in London. It was a well-done documentary. I wish I could recall the name of it.

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I the UK London taxi drivers have to undergo a strict test commonly known as "The knowledge" do taxi driver in Tokyo or Kyoto do the same thing?

I doubt it. I've been in cabs where Japanese born and raised drivers, have no idea where certain, fairly well known spots are. I'd think if you're driving around the same area day in and day out for years, you'd have some knowledge. Or at least learn to use GPS

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I the UK London taxi drivers have to undergo a strict test commonly known as "The knowledge" do taxi driver in Tokyo or Kyoto do the same thing?

That only applies to the black taxi drivers and not Uber or private taxi drivers. That situation is unique and not repeated anywhere else on the globe. That's why the British Black Taxi Driver (not London alone) are the very best in the world and have always used them.

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