At 2 am, there's

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At 2 am, there's nothing but taxis on the streets. The trains stop running at midnight and late-night revellers catch cabs to get home. The taxi drivers must make a fortune with their 50% late-night surcharge.

Last night the streets around the Imperial Palace, hub of central Tokyo traffic, were jammed with taxis and their slightly intoxicated passengers riding home from a nijikai (second party) after their company bonenkai (forget-the-year party). I was in a taxi on the way from a friend's house where I watched Memento.

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