Transport Minister Takao Fujii said Tuesday that he has ordered ministry officials to consider abolishing a half-century-old practice under which Civil Aviation Bureau officials get free rides on Japanese airline firms for business trips.

“I have issued strict instructions to reduce them (the tickets) with the aim of ultimately abolishing them,” Fujii told a news conference. “This is an internationally accepted practice. But we must avoid situations where misunderstanding may arise,” Fujii said.

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