I usually just scan through the Express in the mornings, but today's article about Toyota opening a shopping mall in Japan caught my eye.
The article discusses how the Japanese automaker, poised to become the number one seller of cars in the world, is watching sales in its home country drop due to people's disinterest in vehicle ownership. While Toyota is worried about its bottom line at home, I read the article from an eco perspective. Some passages that jumped out at me:
A study last year ... found that some people in their 20s said they didn't want a car, even if it were free [emphasis added].
Japan has excellent public transportation, including trains and subways, and so many feel they don't need a car.
Atsushi Kawai, [an auto analyst,] said, "A car used to symbolize a dream. People used to work hard to buy a car. These days, nobody is saying that. No one thinks a car is cool anymore."
Besides their excellent, far-reaching, and reliable public transportation, what else do you think Japan is doing right to encourage fewer cars?