MOSCOW (Kyodo) Kiichiro Hatoyama, son of former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, has co-written a book with Moscow’s traffic chief about how to reduce the Russian capital’s infamous tieups, sources said Monday.
Publication of the Russian-language book came after Kiichiro Hatoyama, an urban engineering researcher at Moscow State University, recommended measures to improve the traffic situation that received high marks from city authorities, the authors said.
A publication ceremony is scheduled for Aug. 26 in Moscow with Yukio Hatoyama expected to be present alongside senior city officials.
“The problem won’t be immediately solved by just publishing this book, but hopefully it will help enlighten drivers and help get a number of people to tackle traffic jam problems together,” Kiichiro Hatoyama said.
In the book, Hatoyama mentions some of Japan’s past experiments aimed at reducing traffic jams while calling for careful, well-mannered and prudent driving. A total of 50,000 copies will be printed with plans to publish English and Japanese translations later.
The book continues the Hatoyama family’s strong ties with Russia, dating back to more than half a century ago when Yukio Hatoyama’s grandfather, Ichiro, signed the 1956 Japan-Soviet Joint Declaration.
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