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Japan to make trains more accessible by mobility scooter

Rules restricting the use of mobility scooters on trains will be eased.

TOKYO -- The Japanese government has begun the process of giving people using mobility scooters greater access to the nation's trains.

The transport ministry will set up an investigative commission Friday with participation from the rail operators to consider ways of changing rules that now strictly regulate access to trains by people in mobility scooters. The ministry plans to release a report during the current fiscal year ending March and implement the changes as early as next fiscal year.

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