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JR to start sales of commuter passes a week earlier than usual

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Five JR companies (Hokkaido, East Japan, Tokai, Shikoku and Kyushu) have started the sales of commuter passes that can be used from April 1 a week earlier than in usual years. The purpose is to avoid the tickets offices getting overwhelmed after the consumption tax goes up from 5% to 8% on April 1.

Normally they start sales of commuter passes a week before their starting date. JR officials said long queues in 1997 -- when the consumption tax was last hiked -- caused chaos. The rail operators are advising commuters to purchase their passes sooner rather than later.

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Cute. Northern europe with their 25% VAT says hello.

I'm sick of lunch discussions over this tax "hike", it is for all intents and purposes negligible. I have a rather expensive commuter pass at roughly 28 000 yen a month, it will be 808yen more expensive per month, money you will waste by waiting for probably over an hour in line.

If you're building a house, it makes sense, but just barely.

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From the first paragraph: "The purpose is to avoid the tickets offices’ getting overwhelmed after the consumption tax goes up from 5% to 8% on April 1."

Um, this makes no sense, surely "after" should be "before"?

Moderator: No, it is correct. JR doesn't want millions of commuters buying their new passes on April 1 after the tax hike takes effect.

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it is for all intents and purposes negligible.

Yet, for each time the tax was implimented or raised the economy has tanked.

JR doesn't want millions of commuters buying their new passes on April 1 after the tax hike takes effect.

But, wouldn't most commuters consider hurrying to buy them before the hike takes effect?

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I bought a new pass for a year at the current, lower cost instead of the usual monthly.

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As the fiscal year begins April 1 (read start of school, new jobs, etc) you will normally have masses of people buying a new commuter pass in the last week of March but some people wait until into April because their new commute begins in the second week or even later. This year, though, because the tax increase will come into effect on April 1, JR expects a huge crush of people trying to get their passes before April begins. So they will kindly start selling passes two weeks before giving people a wider window to get the cheaper passes and spreading the crush out over a longer time making it easier on themselves too.

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Thanks for that explanation Educator60. I couldn't understand much from the article even after reading it twice.

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I still don't understand the moderators comment that JR doesn't want millions to buy them AFTER, why would there be any kind of higher demand after the raise? It seems that the problem would be with only one week before to buy everyone would be eager to get it BEFORE causing crowds, instead of some people who might normally buy it later

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The story is easy to understand. According to JR, they do not want millions of commuters swarming their offices on April 1 or 2, which is what happened in 1997 when the consumption tax was last hiked. At that time, millions of commuters did, in fact, wait until after the tax was hiked. This is why JR is urging commuters to buy their passes earlier this time. That ends discussion on this point.

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