Taking a lesson from the Great East Japan earthquake of March 11, 2011,
Tokyo Hire-Taxi Association member companies began keeping emergency supplies in taxis in preparation for a large disaster predicted
in the near future. They do this as one aspect of their social contribution.
These Taxi emergency supplies include surgical masks, cotton gloves and nine other items such as Esmarch bandages and bandages that can be used for a variety of purposes in a drawstring-type emergency-use take-with-you bag.
As a mode of public transportation that operates 24 hours per day, Tokyo company-run taxis offer greater safety and security.
"Emergency supplies in car" sticker The face that there are emergency supplies in approximately 16,000 cars operated by association member companies means that roughly one out of every two company-run taxis in Tokyo has emergency supplies onboard.
Taxis carrying emergency supplies have the sticker shown at right on them as a symbol of safety.