Plan to cut expressway tolls revived

JIJI

A panel under the Cabinet Office plans to propose that expressway tolls be cut or eliminated for awhile to shore up regional economies, it has been learned.

The panel, chaired by Japan Research Institute Chairman Susumu Takahashi, is to submit the proposal to a meeting of the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy on Friday, the sources said Tuesday.

The panel was set up by economic revitalization minister Akira Amari to discuss ways to help regional economies, which have not benefitted from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s bold economic program, dubbed “Abenomics.”

In June, a subcommittee of a social infrastructure panel under the transport ministry called for a review of the expressway toll system to rev up regional economies. A similar step was taken when the Democratic Party of Japan was in power.