>> This is Wolfgang Logar, one of Tokyo's newest taxi drivers. He's one of 22 foreigners hired by Hinomaru, one of the largest taxi firms in Japan. It's found a way to welcome 40 million foreign tourists by 2020. That's when Tokyo will host the Olympics. But its first hurdle is the Rugby World Cup next year.
And with the average age of 60, Tokyo has a shortage of suitable drivers. That's why Hinomaru started with recruiting foreigners like Logar last year. Fluent in three languages, he's hopeful he'll make visitors feel more at home.>> We will see. But yeah, we expect a lot of tourists and a lot of work hopefully.
>> The capital's taxi fleet is also getting a facelift, after Toyota launched a new model of JPN Taxi in October last year. More environmentally friendly and accessible for router users. The new model is aimed to make up over a third of the fleet in Tokyo. The car is painted a deep indigo, also known as Japan blue.
And just like London's black cabs and yellow taxis in New York, this new fleet is expected to become an icon of Japan.