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Japan-Taiwan railway tie-up to give passengers a ticket to ride

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    TAIPEI--A Japanese rail operator has formed a sister relationship with its counterpart in Taiwan to make tickets interchangeable on both railways in the future.

    Under the promotion, aimed at attracting more visitors to both countries, tickets bought for the Isumi Railway in Chiba Prefecture will be usable on the Jiji Line in central-western Taiwan.

    The companies formed the sister railway agreement on Oct. 28 at Taipei Station in a ceremony featuring an appearance of 11 members of the Otaki Castle handmade armor team in full traditional dress from Otaki, Chiba Prefecture, where the Japanese company is located.

    As rail operators with small populations around their lines seek to stabilize their businesses, they are trying to attract more tourists by making their operations more appealing.

    Isumi Railway Co. President Akira Torizuka said, “We have a lot to learn from Taiwan, which utilizes local lines by turning them into 'tourist trains'.”

    He said his railway company eventually hopes to draw between 5,000 and 10,000 Taiwanese visitors a year through the promotion.

    The chief of Taiwan Railways Administration, the Taiwanese national railway that runs the Jiji Line, said he wants to take advantage of this sister railway opportunity to further exchanges.

    A 26-year-old railway fan from Hsinchu, Taiwan, who attended the ceremony said he wants to ride the Isumi Railway in the future.

    Japan-Taiwan railway tie-up to give passengers a ticket to ride - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun