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these taxis have become an icon for Tokyo's twenty twenty Olympics but a major headache for many along the way launched in twenty seventeen and designed by an official committee to Japan taxi was meant to be the cab for everyone it can accommodate travelers with luggage foreign visitors of all sizes and people with wheelchairs Josh Grisedale says that's a game changer for people like him until now he had to travel in a specialized van instead the mother for the ideas have something available when you need it %HESITATION up until now it's been very much you have to call waited dancing okay taxi and that's a very difficult for people who are not from Japan because they can't speak Japanese I don't know where to call or would contact so having the accessible taxes around the stuff like that , the improvement for transportation for sure the car is decked out with heated seats smart phone Chargers wheelchair ramps and even virus killing air conditioning but not surprisingly it doesn't come for cheap it's got a hefty price tag of about thirty two thousand dollars per car almost a third more than the crown model it's replacing for now there's a government subsidy covering some of those costs but that runs out after the Olympics so too is scrambling to use the Olympic sheen to solve them before the games ultimately the company says it's a money losing project only two thousand Japan taxis are being billed each month a small fraction of the cars to a makes every day , it hasn't had luck selling them overseas either to to offer them to China super duty to Xiang who love the features but didn't love the cost at the very least the car's price tag is in line with Tokyo Olympics spirits of breaking its budget the twenty twenty games are expected to cost more than twice the initial estimates of six point seven billion dollars