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Some 224 people were killed in traffic accidents during the April 27-May 6 Golden Week period, up three from a year ago, the National Police Agency said Tuesday.

The NPA said the total includes 50 vacationers, down three from Golden Week 2001.

Tokyo accounted for 13 of the deaths, followed by Chiba Prefecture at 12, Hokkaido 11 and Kanagawa and Osaka prefectures 10 each. Only Kochi Prefecture had no traffic fatalities.

The agency said road accidents during the 10-day period totaled 20,376, up 2.1 percent from a year ago, with the number of those injured reaching 25,810, up 1.5 percent.

The NPA said 2,257 “bosozoku” hot-rodders on 6,707 motor vehicles and motorcycles were questioned during Golden Week. Of the vehicles, 215 were seized, the agency added.

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