TRUCKERS SHORTAGE * Japan - Shifting to trains to move freight
* Tokyo - Modal shift from trucks to rail for shipments of cargo on international trade
(Video by zaaky98de Feb 12, 2015: In Japan, Volvo trucks running around)
--- Companies in Japan are switching from trucks to rail to transport freight over land. In some cases, competitors are cooperating in the venture... The moves from on emode of transportation to the other has been prompted by the chronic shortage of truck drivers... Japan’s Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism Ministry is supporting the move for its positive effects in reducing carbon emissions. CO2 emissions from trains is one-eighth of that emitted by trucks in Japan... Asahi Breweries Ltd. and Kirin Brewery Co., competitors in Japan’s beer market, are cooperating to transport products made in the Kansai region to their joint logistics center in Kanazawa, in containers transiting on the Japan Freight Railway Co. Their efforts take 10,000 truck trips off the road every year. The two companies are planning on expanding their cooperation in transportation and logistics... The logistics industry in Japan faces a serious shortage of truck drivers. Fewer young people are choosing the job, which also reflects a falling interest in automobiles among Japanese youth, according to experts. Meanwhile, those aged 50 or over now accounting for 40 percent of truck drivers in Japan...
Tokyo, Japan - Global Trade, by Peter Buxbaum - January 25th, 2017