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VOX POPULI: This taxi service is blazing a trail for areas without public transport

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When I travel around the nation for reporting, I often hear about deficit-ridden railway lines and discontinued bus services, along with elderly residents bemoaning the difficulties of reaching their desired destinations.

I paid a visit to Nanyo, Yamagata Prefecture, when I learned that a new public transportation service is getting on track.

A taxi program is being offered exclusively for senior residents in the city’s Okigo district.

“We racked our brains figuring out how best to respond to the request that seniors, who are under pressure to surrender their driver’s licenses, should be guaranteed an alternative means of transport,” said Yuya........

© The Asahi Shimbun

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