Regarding the announcement by JR West that the balance of local routes, which are particularly rarely used, is in the red, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Saito further disclosed dialogue and information to JR so that discussions on public transportation can proceed smoothly in each region. I asked you to proceed.

On the 11th, JR West announced for the first time that the average balance for the past three years up to 2020 is in the red for all 30 lines on regional routes with particularly few users.

Regarding this, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Saito said at a press conference after the Cabinet meeting on the 12th, "The problem of local lines needs to be tackled by local stakeholders together. Is meaningful. "

On the other hand, Minister Saito said, "The usage patterns vary from region to region, and it is not appropriate to handle them uniformly. We hope that by sharing information on the actual conditions of passengers on each line, the entire route, and transportation trends in metropolitan areas, we hope to facilitate dialogue with the region. " Was requested to further promote dialogue and information disclosure.