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The government said Friday it will campaign in 14 locations across Japan to encourage people to use public transport instead of cars.

The campaign by the transport ministry is designed to help achieve reduction targets for greenhouse-gas emissions required under the 1997 Kyoto Protocol on global warming.

In Chikusino, Fukuoka Prefecture, Nishi-Nippon Railroad Co. will give railway passengers discounts on parking fees in lots near Futsukaichi Station, while in Miyazaki Prefecture, Miyazaki Kotsu Co. will offer three times the number of reward card stamps for passengers traveling on certain dates.

Kobe’s transportation department is planning to offer discount tickets that allow an entire family to use public transportation with just one ticket.

In Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, Iyo Railway Co. will provide IC cards that can be used for both buses and trams. The cards will enable unlimited travel once the upper limit of the daily fare has been surpassed.

The ministry said it will shoulder part of the cost for the tests.

Global warming funds

The Environment Ministry outlined on Friday six key pillars under which it will make budget requests for fiscal 2004, including measures to tackle global warming and foster environmentally friendly businesses.

The global warming measures are in line with Japan’s efforts to comply with the Kyoto Protocol, an international treaty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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