Feb 26, 2017

New Kenoudo Expressway segment in Ibaraki links six thoroughfares

A 28.5-km (17.7-mile) section of the Kenoudo Expressway in Ibaraki Prefecture opened Sunday, allowing it to link six major expressways stretching from the Tokyo metropolitan area to other regions. Nearby residents hope the opening of the section between the Sakai-Koga Interchange and the Tsukuba-Chuo ...

Sep 10, 2016

Japan develops numbering system for expressway system

A transport ministry panel has drafted a numbering system for the Japanese expressway system so even foreign drivers will be able to understand it. The ministry plans to introduce the system ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after soliciting public opinion. Under the system, ...

Mar 24, 2016

Japan to raise speed limit to 120 kph on some expressways

The maximum possible speed limit on the country’s major expressways will be raised from 100 kph to 120 kph, it was announced Thursday, marking the first increase since the 1963 opening of Japan’s first highway. Trucks and other large freight vehicles will not be ...

Oct 21, 2015

Transport ministry hopes ETC 2.0 system will ease traffic jams

The transport ministry is set to utilize an upgraded version of the ETC (electronic toll collection) system to reduce congestion on expressways. The ETC 2.0 system, introduced in August, carries out conventional toll collection services but also offers drivers useful information on congestion, accidents ...

Returning travelers flood planes, trains on Golden Week finale

May 6, 2015

Returning travelers flood planes, trains on Golden Week finale

Airports, trains and expressways in Japan continued to be packed on Wednesday as travelers returned from their spring getaways on the last day of the Golden Week holiday period. Reserved seats on shinkansen trains bound for Tokyo were nearly fully booked in the afternoon, ...

Jan 28, 2015

Major paving firms allegedly rigged bids for 3/11 projects

The Fair Trade Commission has searched the offices of 13 major road-paving firms on suspicion they violated the anti-monopoly law by rigging their bids for projects to repair expressways damaged by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in the Tohoku region. Among the companies ...

Golden Week exodus peaks; transport routes overwhelmed

May 3, 2014

Golden Week exodus peaks; transport routes overwhelmed

The mass exodus for the Golden Week holidays peaked Saturday as travelers crowded trains, airports and expressways. The international terminal at Tokyo’s Haneda airport, which expanded to accommodate extra flights at the end of March, was abuzz with families departing for overseas destinations. Japan ...

Nihonbashi highway is urged to go under

Feb 26, 2014

Nihonbashi highway is urged to go under


Business executives said Wednesday they will continue to call for burying Tokyo’s elevated expressways, including the section over the famed Nihonbashi Bridge, to restore open views and make the capital more scenic. “The expressway section was constructed over the Nihonbashi River in 1963 before ...

Highway rest areas get retail-centric makeover

/ Nov 28, 2013

Highway rest areas get retail-centric makeover


Operators of expressway rest areas are refurbishing their sites in often unusual and creative ways to draw customers and increase their earnings. One operator, East Nippon Expressway Co., redesigned a rest area off the Kanetsu Expressway based on “The Little Prince,” a novella by ...

Daytime discounts on expressway tolls to end

Nov 24, 2013

Daytime discounts on expressway tolls to end

The transport ministry plans to abolish daytime discounts for expressway tolls on weekdays at the end of March, informed sources said. Drivers using the electronic toll collection system receive a 30 percent discount between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on routes managed by East ...

Jun 27, 2013

Sorry state of expressways

The sorry state of expressway sections and bridges will demand a sizable repair and reconstruction budget for the indefinite future. Whence will funding come