Japanese traffic signs will be replaced to reduce accidents
Japan plans to use the traffic signs in English, in order to reduce traffic accidents caused by foreign tourists.
The National Police Agency of Japan announced this plan on 12/12/2016. Accordingly, Japan will redesign a series of traffic signs, in Japanese and English. The purpose of this is to reduce the number of traffic accidents occurring in this country, which is mainly due to foreign tourists.
According to statistics, in 2015, the number of traffic accidents related to drivers who are foreign visitors was 216. This figure in 2012 was 178 cases. The number of accidents has increased when foreign visitors to Japan has increased at a record pace in recent years.
Concerned about differences in traffic rules that foreign tourists do not understand, the Royal Police Agency of Japan has taken the idea of Japanese people, university professors as well as journalists about the image of the traffic signal which is commonly use abroad to apply.
Currently, Japan has nearly 2 million traffic signs, so it will take years to replace all such signs.
It is expected that the plan will apply in April 7/2017. The tourist destinations will be the first to place those new signs.
Japan hopes these new signs will help visitors understand more about driving traffic rules in this country.