May 26, 2015

Government wants increase in safe-driving features

The number of traffic accident deaths nationwide declined in 2014, but the share of elderly people killed was the highest in nearly 50 years, according to a government report issued Tuesday that called for further development in safe-driving technology like automatic braking systems. A ...

China tells its road-rage motorists to cool it

May 18, 2015

China tells its road-rage motorists to cool it

The horrific incident shocked the nation when it went viral in China earlier this month: a woman dragged from her car, thrown to the ground and kicked repeatedly in the face and head in a case of road rage in Sichuan. And it was ...

Mar 10, 2015

Bill aims to toughen dementia checks on elderly drivers

Hoping to slow down an increase in traffic accidents involving elderly motorists, the Cabinet on Tuesday approved a bill for submission to the Diet that would require more rigorous checks for dementia among drivers 75 and older. Those suspected of having symptoms of dementia ...

Truck driver admits to fatal hit-and-run

Jul 24, 2014

Truck driver admits to fatal hit-and-run

A truck driver was arrested Thursday over a hit-and-run in Komaki, Aichi Prefecture, that left a woman dead after being dragged about 300 meters, police said. Toshimitsu Kawamoto, 65, of Seto, Aichi Prefecture, admitted to negligent homicide and violating the Road Traffic Law, according ...

Jun 2, 2014

Revised law compels drivers to declare ills

A revised road traffic law that took effect over the weekend obliges drivers to declare illnesses that could pose safety risks behind the wheel. Those who make false reports will be jailed for up to 12 months or fined up to ¥300,000. The revised ...

| Nov 16, 2013

Lessons in life

Young man #1: Old men really don’t like being overtaken in the pool. Young man #2: Or on the road. Young man #1: Or when lining up for the train during rush-hour. Young man #2: In life. — Komazawa Park, Setagaya, Tokyo. Overheard by ...

| Feb 23, 2013

Driving me crazy


Next to my house lies a carpet of land not flat enough to resist puddles and not sandy enough to attract cats. It just sits there. Empty. “Symbolic,” says a friend, “of the hole in your life.” He means the car I do not ...