Originally Posted by Thomas Ralph
Yes the fare adjustment system is still in place.
Tickets are regularly and consistently inspected on long-distance services in Japan, and stamped.
In Japan though the operators are private companies. Maybe being at least notionally removed from government gives them more licence to chase revenue leakage without cries of "oppression!" from people who think public transport should be free if you don't feel like paying?
The other thing is that maybe Japan is not as fixated on ever decreasing headcount as a measure of how well a company does its business. This is a company that manually turns seats and replaces headrest-cloths at each turnback.