National Sep 1, 2016

Cycling fatalities drop 14.7% under revised law

Deaths related to cycling accidents have declined 14.7 percent since the road traffic law was revised a year ago, the National Police Agency said Thursday. During the one-year period through May, 517 cyclists died in accidents, down 89 from a year earlier, as the number ...

Nagano ski resort tries out downhill snow biking

National Feb 18, 2016

Nagano ski resort tries out downhill snow biking

by Takafumi Sukegawa

Faced with dwindling numbers of skiers, a Japanese ski resort is pointing people toward downhill mountain biking. A nighttime event showcasing the slippery sport on New Year's Eve at the Togari Onsen ski resort in Iiyama, Nagano Prefecture, drew 55 participants. The spectators ranged in ...

Bike can turn into wheelchair if disaster strikes

National | CHUBU CONNECTION Apr 11, 2014

Bike can turn into wheelchair if disaster strikes

Junji Nagayama, the head of a heavy equipment delivery company in Nagoya, has developed a bicycle that, in just a few minutes, can be transformed into a wheelchair. Named Qjo, which literally means to rescue, the idea is to use the wheelchair for emergency purposes. Cyclists ...

Racer-turned-mechanic makes top-grade bikes

National Nov 5, 2013

Racer-turned-mechanic makes top-grade bikes

by Hiroshi Harada

Yoshiaki Nagasawa has a list of customers who favor bicycles handmade for them, including Koichi Nakano, a former professional bicycle racer and 10-time world champion track sprinter. While bicycles made by Nagasawa cost ¥200,000 to ¥300,000, he says, "I don't think even ¥500,000 is expensive ...