Tag - accidents



A photo supplied by a witness shows a car inside the main entrance of the village office of Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture, on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Society
Dec 6, 2023
At least 3 injured in two car incidents in Ibaraki Prefecture
A different car is thought to have been involved in each incident, but a man in his 50s who lives in the prefecture is suspected of driving both of them.
A Maritime Self-Defense Force warship searches for the crashed CV-22 Osprey off Yakushima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture on Tuesday.
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 5, 2023
Japan defense chief says concerns linger after U.S. Osprey crew remains found
Dive teams have found the remains of five more crew members from a CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft that crashed off southwestern Japan last week.
Police examine the scene where a car veered into a group of pedestrians in Umi, Fukuoka Prefecture, on Tuesday.
Nov 21, 2023
Nine injured after car plows into pedestrians in Fukuoka Prefecture
The injured included a high school student who was knocked temporarily unconscious and the vehicle's driver.
The scene after a car crashed into a barricade near the Israeli Embassy in Tokyo on Thursday
Nov 16, 2023
Man arrested after car crashes through barricade near Israel's Tokyo embassy
The driver, a man in his 50s, was arrested for alleged obstruction of official duties. Investigative sources said he is a member of a right-wing group.
A Level 4 self-driving vehicle in the town of Eiheiji, Fukui Prefecture
JAPAN / Society
Nov 12, 2023
Fukui Prefecture records nation's first Level 4 accident
In the accident in the town on Oct. 29, the autonomous vehicle, traveling at about 4 kilometers per hour, hit a parked bicycle.
A fishing boat sails near the North Korean Special Economic Zone of Rason City, northeast of Pyongyang, in September 2011.
Oct 29, 2023
South Korean military says assisted stranded North Korean vessel
The crew on the North Korean vessel said they had been stranded for 10 days and expressed a wish to return home.
Takuya Matsunaga (right), who lost his wife and daughter in a 2019 crash in Tokyo's Ikebukuro district, attends a news conference on Friday along with his father-in-law, Yoshinori Uehara.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 27, 2023
Ex-Japan bureaucrat ordered to pay damages over fatal 2019 crash
Kozo Iizuka had already been sentenced to five years in prison, after the car he was driving crashed into Mana Matsunaga, 31, and her daughter Riko, 3.
Police investigate around the site where a car driven by an elderly driver hit three elementary school children in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Thursday.
Oct 26, 2023
Elderly motorist hits elementary school students in Shizuoka
The man was arrested at the scene for alleged negligent driving resulting in injury.
A participant tries an electric kick scooter at a safety workshop in Tokyo in June ahead of a relaxation of rules for riding the device in July.
Oct 26, 2023
Violations of electric kick scooter rules on rise in Japan
Cases of violation in Tokyo for which the police took action came to 1,811 in the July-September period.
A Cruise driverless car operating in San Francisco. On Tuesday, California regulators ordered Cruise, a General Motors subsidiary, to stop its driverless taxi service in San Francisco after a series of traffic incidents.
Oct 25, 2023
California sidelines Cruise's driverless cars, citing safety risk
The U.S. state suspended Cruise's autonomous vehicle deployment, saying the company had "misrepresented" the safety of the technology.
AI software is being used to detect cognitive decline in older Japanese drivers in order to help prevent accidents.
Oct 22, 2023
AI startup helps insurers spot cognitive decline in elderly drivers
Once reliant on a driver's age and model of car, some insurers now rely on AI to expedite settlements and craft more precise risk assessments.
Masashi Yamaguchi teaches at the cram school he runs in Nara in August.
JAPAN / Society
Oct 8, 2023
Man who lost father in downing of Korean passenger jet recalls struggle
Four decades later, he still feels the weight of gratitude for his now-deceased mother, who had to raise him and his sisters alone.
Pedestrians look on after a car plowed into a line of people in Tokyo's famous Shibuya scramble intersection Saturday evening.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 8, 2023
Two seriously hurt in accident near Tokyo's Shibuya crossing
Local media reports said Sunday that one of the men hit in the incident had suffered a fractured pelvis and another a fractured skull.
Philippine Coast Guard personnel retrieve the body of a crew member of a Filipino fishing boat on Wednesday. Three fishermen are dead after their boat was "rammed" by a foreign commercial vessel in the South China Sea, the Philippine Coast Guard said on October 4.
Oct 4, 2023
Three Filipino fishermen dead after boat 'rammed' in South China Sea
Manila said the vessel that collided with the boat in the flash point waterway was an oil tanker registered under the flag of the Marshall Islands.
By prefecture, Gunma has had the highest number of bicycle accidents involving high school students on their way to school for nine consecutive years.
Oct 1, 2023
Bicycle accidents involving high schoolers highest in Gunma in 2022
The rate for junior high school students was also highest in Gunma Prefecture with 32.03, followed by Kagawa with 16.30.
Japanese cargo ship Wakashio is seen broken into two off the coast of Mauritius on Aug. 15, 2020.
Sep 28, 2023
Search for cell signal caused Japan ship's 2020 oil spill: report
The board also said that COVID-19 travel restrictions and border closures may have slowed containment efforts after the massive spill.
A 91-year-old driver was referred to prosecutors Friday for allegedly being involved in a hit-and-run accident that killed a small dog in Nagoya in July.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 23, 2023
91-year-old referred to prosecutors over hit-and-run of dog in Japan
It is unusual for a case to be filed for an accident involving a pet, though the man could have also potentially hit a 6-year-old girl walking the dog.
The Kazu I tour boat is lifted from the surface of the sea off the coast of Shari, Hokkaido, in May 2022.
Sep 7, 2023
Hokkaido tour boat sinking caused by safety gaps, report says
The operator of the Kazu I sightseeing tour boat, which sank off Hokkaido last year, had no safety management system, according to a government report
Police officers keep guard at a checkpoint near the site of the crash of a private jet linked to Wagner mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin in the Tver region, Russia, on Aug. 24.
WORLD / Politics
Aug 30, 2023
Russia will not probe Prigozhin crash under international rules
Prigozhin, two top lieutenants of his Wagner Group and four bodyguards were among 10 people who died when the Embraer Legacy 600 crashed north of Moscow.
Three MV-22B tilt-rotor Ospreys fly in formation above the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Sydney in June 2017. A U.S. Marine Osprey crashed on a remote island north of Australia's mainland while taking part in military exercises on Sunday.
Aug 28, 2023
Three U.S. Marines die in Osprey crash during Australia drills
Australian personnel were not involved in the crash that occurred during Exercise Predator's Run 2023.


Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin,” once the victim of high waves that dragged it into the sea, sits at the end of a pier on the south side of Naoshima.
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