Japan Strains Under Heavy Holiday Traffic

Japan strains under heavy holiday traffic

Trains, airplanes and highways in Japan were packed on Sunday evening, and will likely remain crowded on Monday as year-end travelers head for their hometowns and holiday destinations.

Japan Railway group companies say Shinkansen bullet trains heading out of major cities were almost fully booked on Sunday and Monday.

Tokyo To Face Traffic Restrictions On Tuesday

Tokyo to face traffic restrictions on Tuesday

Traffic restrictions will be in place in many parts of central Tokyo on Tuesday, as dignitaries from around the world arrive to attend the enthronement ceremony of Emperor Naruhito.

The ceremony will be held on Tuesday afternoon to announce to the world the Emperor's accession to the throne.

Nec Flying Car Puts Drone Air Traffic Control To The Test

NEC Flying Car Puts Drone Air Traffic Control To The Test

It was a bit surprising to see a company like NEC prominently featuring a car-size drone on its CEATEC 2019 booth, so we stopped by to check things up.

And no, NEC isn’t going to jump in the drone transportation market, at least, not by producing drones. This prototype is built to test a drone Air Traffic Control System developed by NEC.

Olympic Traffic Control Trial Caused Jams In Tokyo

Olympic traffic control trial caused jams in Tokyo

A test of traffic restrictions for next year's Olympics and Paralympics caused heavy road congestion in and around Tokyo.

The trial was conducted for two days in July. A traffic data company analyzed the records of about 30,000 trucks that used the metropolitan expressway system and national roads.

Test Reduces Tokyo Expressway Traffic By Only 7%

Test reduces Tokyo expressway traffic by only 7%

Japan's transport ministry says a large-scale test conducted earlier this week, aimed at easing traffic on Tokyo's Metropolitan Expressway during next year's Olympics and Paralympics, failed to achieve a goal that had been set.

People are concerned that traffic congestion on the expressway will be heavy during the Summer Games if no measures are undertaken.

Japan To Speed 5g Rollout With Traffic Lights

Japan to speed 5G rollout with traffic lights

The Japanese government has unveiled plans for rolling out next generation 5G networks as quickly as possible. They call for putting antenna base stations on traffic lights across the country.

Government officials want 5G services to be available from next year. But this could be difficult as it requires far more antenna installations than current networks.

Traffic Accident Narrowly Misses Children

Traffic accident narrowly misses children

There was yet another car accident involving small children in Japan Wednesday. The accident occurred at a park in Ichihara city, Chiba Prefecture.

Five children and two care workers from a nearby nursery were playing in the park at the time. None of the young children were injured in the accident, but a caregiver in her 30s suffered a bone fracture after being hit by the car. The woman reportedly told police she pushed the children outside the sandbox so they wouldn't be run over.

2 Toddlers Die In Western Japan Traffic Accident

2 toddlers die in western Japan traffic accident

Two toddlers have died after a vehicle plowed into pedestrians at an intersection in western Japan. One other child is in serious condition, and eight were seriously injured.

The accident occurred at an intersection in the city of Otsu on Wednesday morning. The car collided with a group of 13 children and their three carers who were waiting for the pedestrian crossing signal to change. The group was out on a walk from a daycare center.

2 Toddlers Die After Traffic Accident In Japan

2 toddlers die after traffic accident in Japan

Two toddlers have died after a vehicle plowed into them in an accident at an intersection in western Japan.

A car collided with a group of 13 children and their three carers out on a walk from a daycare center at the intersection in Otsu city on Wednesday morning. The group had been waiting for the signal to change.

Traffic Congested At Start Of 10-day Holidays

Traffic congested at start of 10-day holidays

A 10-day holiday period has started in Japan. Roads, trains, and airports are congested as people head for their hometowns and other destinations.

The Japan Road Traffic Information Center says that as of 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, several expressway lanes were backed up for up to 21 kilometers.

Japan To Study Traffic Reduction For Olympics

Japan to study traffic reduction for Olympics

The Japanese government says it will conduct a pilot study this summer to reduce traffic congestion during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The government says it will run the pilot in July and August to simulate traffic during the Games.

Police: Malicious Web Traffic On The Rise In Japan

Police: Malicious web traffic on the rise in Japan

Police in Japan have reported a year-on-year increase of about 50 percent in malicious web traffic in 2018.

The National Police Agency says its investigators observed a daily average of 2,752 cases of suspicious activity at one of their online monitoring posts. The figure for the previous year was 1,893. The investigators are analyzing web traffic to obtain information about cyber-attacks.

Akb48 Takahashi Juri's Birthday Event To Be Postponed After Traffic Accident

AKB48 Takahashi Juri's birthday event to be postponed after traffic accident

It's been reported that AKB48 member Takahashi Juri was involved in a traffic accident on February 3. As a result, her birthday event, which was scheduled to be held on February 6 at AKB48 Theater, will be postponed. 

On her way home on February 3, Takahashi was riding a vehicle that struck by another vehicle that was making a right turn in the opposing lane. Doctors did not find any broken bones, but she was instructed to wait and see for about a week. As such, her birthday event will be postponed to sometime in or after March.