Students using transportation in Tokyo should NOT have to pay adult fares
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Our 12 year old son started Junior High School last week at a wonderful public school in Shinjuku Ward, central Tokyo. A few days after his opening ceremony we were going out to celebrate and his transit card (registered to him) was declined when we were trying to get on the subway. When we transferred to the bus it was the same thing. The bus driver told us that as he is now in Junior High School he pays adult fares for all public transportation and can no longer use his student transit card. I thought I had not understood the driver correctly but much to my surprise that is unfortunately the case. All students in Tokyo (& possibly the rest of Japan) from the Junior High School age pay full, adult fares regardless of where they go to school. I can almost understand him being charged full fare on an airplane but to have to do so for daily public transportation is unreasonable.
Tokyo families beware; whether you already have children or are planning to, this is another clear example of how little the government does to support you.
Should your child be nearing the Junior High School age your expenses for taking the buses or the trains are about to double!
While Japan might have one of the best transportation systems in the world there is no logic to charging students full adult fares.
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