Japan’s transport ministry on Tuesday approved fare increases proposed by 60 railway companies and 196 bus operators ahead of the upcoming consumption tax hike.
Almost all of the companies are set to raise their fares by about 3 percent on April 1, when the sales tax rate moves up to 8 percent from the current 5 percent.
Apart from six companies, including subway operators in Tokyo and Yokohama, all of the train and bus operators will introduce their revised fares on April 1, according to a press release by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.
There will be some differences in charges between passengers with regular tickets and those who use integrated circuit cards, so the ministry has called on companies that introduce different rates to let passengers know by using posters and brochures.
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