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Traffic deaths in Japan hit record low in 2019

JIJI

The number of deaths in traffic accidents across Japan last year fell to 3,215, the fewest since officials started compiling comparable data in 1948, according to a National Police Agency report.

The number fell by 317, or 9.0 percent, from 2019, the NPA said Monday.

By prefecture, Chiba saw the most fatalities, at 172.

Aichi, which had topped the death toll list 16 years in a row until 2018, came in second with 156, followed by Hokkaido with 152.

Among people age 65 or older, the number of traffic deaths dropped by 184, or 9.4 percent, to 1,782, the NPA said.