Tolls to return to Japan expressways June 20
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: June 9, 2011
SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — Toll booths on the Okinawa Expressway, Aomori Expressway near Misawa and West Kyushu Expressway in Sasebo will begin charging June 20, Japanese officials said Wednesday.
A toll-free program was implemented a year ago to fulfill a government campaign promise of cutting the nation’s costly tolls, but it must now be reversed to generate funds in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 11, officials from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism said last week.
Tolls for the West Kyushu Expressway will be 960 yen between Sasebo Chuo and Takeo Junction, according to officials from the Nippon Expressway Company, which operates national expressways. It will cost 1,000 yen between Naha and Kyoda on the Okinawa Expressway, and 800 yen between Namioka Junction and Aomori Higashi Interchange on the Aomori Expressway.
Officials also announced use of a new device to make some expressways in Tohoku free for victims of the disaster.