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A study released Thursday by the Japan Automobile Federation shows that 84 percent of drivers wear seat belts, an increase for the eighth consecutive year.

In the three-day nationwide study, conducted from Sept. 3 to 5, JAF staff observed 97,528 cars on 183 major roads. Drivers in 81,830 cars, or 83.9 percent, were wearing seat belts, up 1.4 percentage points from a similar study a year ago.

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