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If you don’t speak up, you will lose. This is the motto of Hideo Yoshihara, 49, a bookstore owner in Tokyo’s Ota Ward, who has earned a reputation for his campaign to change the nation’s motorcycle laws.

In July 1989, Yoshihara made liability insurance payments for his two vehicles. He paid 42,850 yen for a seven-seat, 2-ton Mitsubishi van, and 62,450 yen for a 200-kg Yamaha motorcycle — each payment for a period of 24 months. At the time, he wondered why the payment for the bike was much higher.

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