Penchant for running red lights said highest in Osaka Prefecture

Jul 14, 2015

Penchant for running red lights said highest in Osaka Prefecture

Ignoring a red light comes as no surprise in Osaka, the country’s worst-ranking prefecture, where the number of fatalities in traffic accidents stemming from disregarding signals hit 102 in the first half of this year. According to the Osaka Prefectural Police, the 102 people ...

Middle-aged biker accident deaths surge, prompting safety concerns

Dec 17, 2014

Middle-aged biker accident deaths surge, prompting safety concerns

While the number of fatal traffic accidents has been on the decline nationwide in recent years, those involving middle-aged and elderly motorcyclists have been increasing, prompting safety concerns among road-traffic authorities. One of the main reasons for the increase is believed to be that ...

Schoolchildren taken to hospital after Tokyo expressway accident

Nov 8, 2014

Schoolchildren taken to hospital after Tokyo expressway accident

Forty-six people, including schoolchildren, were taken to hospital on Saturday morning following an accident involving three buses and a motorcycle on Tokyo’s Metropolitan Expressway, the fire department said. They were taken in for minor injuries after a motorcycle crashed into the side of a ...

Aug 20, 2014

Traffic deaths at record low over Bon

Police data show this year’s Bon summer holiday period was the safest in terms of the number of traffic deaths. The death toll came to 93, down by nine from a year before, falling below 100 for the first time since records began in ...

Mar 19, 2014

Japan's traffic death toll falls to record low in 2013

The number of people last year who died within 30 days of being involved in a traffic accident marked a record low of 5,152, down 1.6 percent from 2012, National Police Agency data showed Wednesday. The 2013 traffic fatality figure was the lowest since ...

Jan 6, 2014

Traffic deaths fell for 13th year in 2013

Traffic accidents took the lives of 4,373 people in 2013, down 0.9 percent from 2012 and declining for the 13th year straight, police data said Monday. After deaths in the January-June first half logged the first rise in 13 years, police launched a crackdown ...

Dec 13, 2013

Traffic penalties seen as too light

An increasing number of relatives of traffic accident victims think that punishments for offenders are too light. In a survey released Thursday by the National Police Agency, 44 percent of those who lost family members in traffic accidents said punishments for those who cause ...

Daughters of Gin-san to make traffic safety ad

Aug 27, 2013

Daughters of Gin-san to make traffic safety ad

Three daughters of the late Gin-san, one of Japan’s famous centenarian twins, will appear in a TV commercial to be aired from September as a part of the Aichi Prefectural Government’s traffic safety campaign. Chitayo Tsuda, 94, Yuriko Sano, 92, and Mineyo Kanie, 89 ...

| Jul 15, 2013

Bumps in the road that we can afford

Dear Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Akihiro Ota, I recently attended the induction ceremony for one of my children at a local elementary school. We listened to various speeches, one of which was of particular interest: A traffic police officer spoke at ...