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>> 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.
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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.
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>> 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.
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And just like London's black cabs and yellow taxis in New York, this new fleet is expected to become an icon of Japan.