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It’s like pulling teeth

-1 ( +14 / -15 )

The taxi companies are still involved so this makes no difference.

Japan taking something simple from abroad that works well and screwing with it so its purpose is lost yet again.

-3 ( +17 / -20 )

In Japan, retirement means drive a taxi for many hours.

-2 ( +11 / -13 )

Great decision to NOT LET UBER gut out taxi drivers' salaries, and benefits, and were allowed to do it in other countries with absolutely NO responsibility at all. Governments should force some responsibility onto Uber. and not just say..We're just an APP. I expect the quality of the taxi service to fall with someone not even bothering to help get your luggage out of the taxi as they just sit in their front seat. Especially if they are a foreigner who wishes to apply "their standard" of service compared to the high company service we have in Japan. Keep the taxi company involved, keep the salaries up, keep the service up, and keep the benefits up. It doesn't have to be a race to the bottom, just to feed the shareholder.

-2 ( +11 / -13 )

The Japanese government has decided to partially lift a ban on ride-hailing services to address a nationwide shortage of taxi drivers, with the changes to come into effect from April.

Unfortunately, the taxi companies couldn't pack enough cash in those envelopes given the economic conditions.

Of course the LDP is doing absolutely nothing to prepare for the coming complete automation of taxi and trucking services in a few years and severe unemployment.

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A full lifting on a ban on ride-hailing services such as Uber that directly connects private car owners with individuals seeking transportation, is still under discussion, with a decision to be made by June next year.

Because it's Japan so it still under discussion.

on the condition they are under the management of a taxi company.

Of course J Govt won't let current business to suffer from that, make sure they got fair share.

-8 ( +3 / -11 )

Call it JUber and get it over with,

What's the pointhere, people use Uber abroad because it is Fast, Easy, and most of all cheaper, plus it provides an extra income to some people in need of $.

So why complicate things !???

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Japan taking something simple from abroad that works well and screwing with it so its purpose is lost yet again.

Japan does whatever it takes to keep its people enslaved in the Japan Inc. without parole.

Uber, Aibnb etc. simple practical tools that work well pretty much anywhere else in the world but in Japan they try to make it very hard and restrictive.

Imagine being able to rent 3 small apartments for ¥30.000 each, make them cozy and rent them out for like ¥5.000/stay or more.

It would be the dream gig for people working from home but the horror to japanese companies.

Same with Uber.

-5 ( +9 / -14 )

> The Japanese government has decided to partially lift a ban on ride-hailing services to address a nationwide shortage of taxi drivers, with the changes to come into effect from April.

what does that even mean?

”you can kinda be an Uber, but you can’t really be one.”

“we’re still discussing it, but we aren’t really discussing it”

”these people can do it, but these people can’t.”

”oh by the way, we get a cut on all the rides going out………”

there it is

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

 I expect the quality of the taxi service to fall with someone not even bothering to help get your luggage out of the taxi as they just sit in their front seat.

You also expect shiny seats, crystal clear windows and a driver with a white gloves.

But some (if not most) people just want to go from A to B for a decent price, no-frills.

3 ( +6 / -3 )

In small towns it seems okay. Everyone knows faces each other. But in big cities they are afraid about it.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Though it wasn't really required, I actually got a 2種運転免許 (professional license) on my own for my own hospitality business years ago to take my clients to and from Kanazawa station or Noto Satoyama Airport. Never wanted or had any ambitions to drive a taxi for a company in this country.

The partial lifting will allow drivers with a standard license to offer taxi services using their own vehicle in areas and times when taxis are in short supply, on the condition they are under the management of a taxi company.

Its the 個人Taxi Law that makes it so difficult, this states that a person with a professional license who wants to accept clients on there own must work for a Japanese company for three years and have a safe driving record, no accidents, and, no traffic violations. If the drives misses even a stop sign they will have to be a slave to a Japanese taxi company for 10 years before they can file an application for even becoming a 個人taxi driver.

A full lifting on a ban on ride-hailing services such as Uber that directly connects private car owners with individuals seeking transportation, is still under discussion, with a decision to be made by June next year.

Why the above will never be lifted and I'm certain if it is the government will require a 2種免許証which it absolutely should be required to even drive clients from one place to another. This means the car will have to have a green license plate and more than likely require several (車検) every few months and more strict rules and regulations.

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Great decision to NOT LET UBER gut out taxi drivers' salaries, and benefits, and were allowed to do it in other countries with absolutely NO responsibility at all. Governments should force some responsibility onto Uber. and not just say..We're just an APP. I expect the quality of the taxi service to fall with someone not even bothering to help get your luggage out of the taxi as they just sit in their front seat. Especially if they are a foreigner who wishes to apply "their standard" of service compared to the high company service we have in Japan. Keep the taxi company involved, keep the salaries up, keep the service up, and keep the benefits up. It doesn't have to be a race to the bottom, just to feed the shareholder.

couldn’t have said it better myself. And I think most people get and understand what you’re saying.

The reason you’re getting so many down votes is because The same most people don’t care about about that and they only care about saving themselves a buck when they take it.

0 ( +5 / -5 )

Meant to throw quotes around the first part of my post above… @abe234

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

in the end I think autonomous driving will take over, in the long run specially for rural areas. Taxi drivers are also quite aged and the elderly should not be driving either so...

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Kenchi 

The reason you’re getting so many down votes is because The same most people don’t care about about that and they only care about saving themselves a buck when they take it.

Thanks for that kenchi. They’ll save a few yen now but might a lot more later.Reminds of that poem. I guess they’ll down vote something to save themselves a few yen because I’m not taxi drivers. I guess I’ll down vote Uber delivery drivers because I was not a delivery driver. Then they came for my job and there was no one to speak up for me.

spektral

As for autonomous vehicles, probably not really gonna happen because autonomous vehicle don’t pay tax, insurance or pensions. Only workers. And who will the company blame if there is an accident? The programmer? The engineer? The victim? Or how about getting. Human to be bored to death sitting in a seat, pay them even less and then blame them when this proverbial poop hits the fan.

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MarkToday  09:23 am JST

Call it JUber and get it over with,

What's the pointhere, people use Uber abroad because it is Fast, Easy, and most of all cheaper, plus it provides an extra income to some people in need of $.

So why complicate things !???

cause it’s under cut all the other taxi drivers salaries. Maybe they need a few extra $$. But that’s because their other job doesn’t pay them enough either. Because customers think they should get everything on the cheap cheap. It’s not any faster or easier than say a normal taxi service app.

it just cheaper as you wanna squeeze the driver down to poverty salary.

im sure Uber can still work perfectly fine if they pay the same HIGHER salary or the same as other taxi services.

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Many of my Japanese students after coming back from the US always tell me how surprised they are at how cheap and easy it is to use Uber and Lyft. They often whinge about not having the same services available here and I tell them we actually did until the Jgov and the taxi association shut them down immediately about ten years ago.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

I will always take a taxi in Japan - the service is so professional. I feel taking a rideshare is like going to a dive bar in Roppongi or Shinjuku.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

I agree with 藤原 san that the most important thing is licensing of drivers and increased obligation to properly maintain cars. If taxi firms have a monopoly, then yes, that should be removed, but not by letting anybody drive any car in any condition with paying passengers. That is fundamentally irresponsible. That is not progress.

Out of interest, is everyone in Tokyo completely happy with how "Uber Eats" people cycle down the road? Do people view them as responsible road users? The Mariokart people too are completely legal. Once again, do people see them as responsible road users and are they happy to share the roads with them? I'm under the impression that most people hate them. I doubt people want to share the roads with worse-than-already taxi drivers either, who will no doubt stop in weird places to pick up passengers. They'll have to do this because the app will tell them to and that's how you get fares.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

in the end I think autonomous driving will take over, in the long run specially for rural areas.

Not it won't. Unless you are not taking about Japan.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

And the Ayn Rand government is at it again... You can move forward only if you take steps backwards first, in this case paying a bunch of money to get a license you don't actually need, and to let the Yaks in.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

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