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Tokyo train, subway fares go up Saturday in wave of price hikes

With ridership down, railways push ahead with accessibility upgrades

Japan's railway companies are raising fares to help cover accessibility improvements like platform screen doors, such as the ones seen here at a JR East station in Tokyo. (Photo by Keiichiro Sato)

TOKYO/OSAKA -- Train riders from Tokyo to Osaka are set to see fares go up as railways spend on accessibility improvements and try to offset a drop in travel. 

Seven of the Tokyo area's biggest railway companies will raise fares on Saturday. The seven are East Japan Railway (JR East), subway operator Tokyo Metro, Odakyu Electric Railway, Seibu Railway, Tobu Railway, Sagami Railway and Tokyu Railways.

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