Feeling vindicated

Good morning everyone,

Yesterday was nice, wasn't it? I didn't need my hat or jacket on the way home last night-just gloves and a scarf and I was plenty warm enough! Today and tomorrow are looking ok too-it'll be a bit cooler than yesterday was, but at least it'll be sunny both days. We can't say the same for Sunday and Monday. It's looking more and more like we're going to see rain both days...then, it'll clear up on Tuesday and be sunny but cool from the 30th.

As a person who spends a lot of time on the roads in Hiroshima-either riding my bicycle to or from or while going for a run-I've been whinging about taxis and taxi drivers in Hiroshima for years. Usually, my friends just ignore me because they can't see what the big deal is. They think that having lots of taxis is a good thing because it's so convenient to catch one. Then I get even more riled up and explain about how they cause serious traffic problems by stopping wherever they like and standing (standing means to stop your car on the road and sit and wait in it, causing one lane to be blocked) in busy streets and areas-shopping areas, near stations and hotels.

But Japan's transport ministry is moving to limit the number of taxis in about 30 localities nationwide to address a supply glut. Deregulation in 2002 opened the floodgates to a host of newcomers, The ministry has been discussing criteria for limiting the number of taxis operating in certain regions.Once localities receive designation for reduction, taxi operators in the areas will have to trim their fleets and newcomers will be blocked from entering the market. Such urban centers as Sapporo, Sendai, Niigata, Yokohama, Osaka, Hiroshima and Fukuoka are among the roughly 30 regions that meet the criteria...

Did you notice that I'd highlighted one particular city? Ha ha! But, in reality, with the exception of Tokyo and Nagoya, all of the major urban centres are vastly over serviced by taxis.

Is it just me? Am I the only one who thinks that there are too many taxis? Apparently not! Ha ha!

Have a great day!

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