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Number of motorcycle road traffic accidents in Japan 2010-2019

In 2019, almost 6.5 thousand road traffic accidents involving motorcycles were reported in Japan, down from about 14.5 thousand motorcycle accidents in 2010. The number of road traffic accidents in Japan showed a continuous downward trend in recent years, prompted by stricter penalties for traffic law offenses.

Are Japan’s road safe?

Japanese roads are known to be comparably safe, due to several factors ensuring responsible driving, such as meticulous traffic regulations, a license point system, high seatbelt usage, and modern vehicles in use. Concurrent to the low number of motorcycle accidents, injuries stemming from accidents involving motorcycles also decreased over the past decade. A contributing factor might be the preference for smaller engines of up to 125 cc, making accidents less likely due to lower speeds and a lighter machine weight, allowing easier handling.

Who is to blame for road rage?

Japan revised its road rage law in summer 2020. The amendment of the country’s Road Traffic Act imposed more significant penalties for acts of aggressive driving and road rage. Despite domestic road traffic accident numbers reaching a record low, road rage incidents repeatedly made headlines in Japan. Under the revised law, obstructive driving and malicious behavior on the road is now punishable, even in the absence of accidents.
Besides notorious offenders from local biker gangs, so called bōsōzoku, media covered several incidents involving elderly drivers showcasing irresponsible driving behavior.

Number of road traffic accidents involving motorcycles in Japan from 2010 to 2019

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Release date

February 2020

Region

Japan

Survey time period

2010 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Figures have been rounded.

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