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 ...

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 ...

Tokyo's 47-km-long expressway loop fully opens

Mar 7, 2015

Tokyo's 47-km-long expressway loop fully opens

A 47-km-long expressway encircling central Tokyo fully opened on Saturday, some 50 years after it was planned, creating easier access to Haneda airport and potentially fewer traffic jams. The Central Circular Route is the first to fully open among three Tokyo-area ring expressways for ...

New Year's exodus reaches peak

Dec 30, 2014

New Year's exodus reaches peak

The New Year’s holiday exodus from Tokyo and other urban areas peaked Tuesday, with travelers packing major train stations and airports throughout the day. Domestic flights departing from Tokyo’s Haneda airport were almost fully booked, according to Japan Airlines Co. and All Nippon Airways ...