The use of taxis is from my viewpoint rather common in everyday life in Japan, but how much are Japanese really willing to spend for a ride? This weekend Nikkei Shimbun had published the results from an internet questionnaire with 618 participants (about half male and half female respondents) about what their highest taxi charge was so far in their life. The focus was clearly not on company paid expenses, but how much the average Japanese is willing to pay from their own pocket.
According to the responses, most likely the high costs occurred when the taxi was the only available transportation. This could be due to bad weather circumstances or after a long night out, when the last train was already gone. Personally I had the biggest taxi charge from home to the Haneda airport – being too lazy to move with lots of baggage to the train or the bus – simply reflecting then the average Japanese bill of JPY 3001-5000 (highest overall percentage of 22% of the respondents). I guess the 18% of the asked Japanese were in real trouble, because they were willing to pay more than JPY 10,000 for a taxi ride.
For sure I am looking forward to gain access to data about the highest accepted taxi charge in case of business expense in Japan. If you have any information on this, do not hesitate to get back to me.
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