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Japan’s first-ever “Silver Week” — the result of three consecutive public holidays in September — kicked off Saturday with people crowding expressways, airports and train stations to get to resorts or their hometowns across the nation.

Expressways were congested from early morning. There was a 41-km traffic jam on the outbound lanes on the Tomei Expressway in Aichi Prefecture, and a 32-km traffic jam on the outbound part of the Chugoku Expressway in Hyogo Prefecture.

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