TRAFIC SAFETY POLICY OFFICE
MANAGEMENT AND COORDINATION AGENCY
This White Paper on Traffic Safety in Japan was compiled under the supervision of Traffic Safety Policy Office, Management and Coordination Agency, Japan.
The International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences hopes this paper, in conjunction with Statistics of Road Accident Japan, will greatly enhance readers' knowledge of traffic accident remedial measures.
Management and Coordination Agency
As required by Article 13 of the Traffic Safety Policies Law (Legislation 110 enacted in 1970), the Government's report to the Diet, "The Annual Report on Traffic Accidents and Current Traffic Safety Measures" (The 1998 White Paper on Traffic Safety in Japan) was submitted to the 142nd session of the Diet after being approved by Cabinet on the 2nd of June.
This year's White Paper is the 28th since the first one was issued in 1971, and it contains the following information.
In the main volume "Traffic Accidents and Traffic Safety Measures in FY1997", recent traffic accident situations broken down into land transport (road and rail), maritime transport and aviation transport, are reported together with the situation regarding traffic safety measures in FY1997. In view of the situation with traffic accidents in recent years, it also focuses on the younger age groups which are the source of a majority of road traffic fatalities in the section "Traffic Accidents Involving Young People, and Preventative Measures", as well as on recent serious railway accidents in the section "Serious Accidents and Safety Measures", and the large number of maritime accidents involving pleasure boats in the section "Increase in the Number of Accidents Involving Pleasure Boats, and Safety Measures."
In "Traffic Safety Measure Plans for Implementation in FY1998", which is published separately, details are provided concerning the traffic safety measures scheduled to be implemented in FY1998, divided by category into land transport (road and rail), maritime transport and aviation transport.
The Traffic Safety Policy Office was established to coordinate and promote the policies and activities related to transport safety conducted by government organizations. In addition to activities such as formulating the Fundamental Traffic Safety Program as provided for by the Traffic Safety Policies Law enacted in 1970 and administering nationwide traffic safety campaigns and events, the Traffic Safety Policy Office promotes a wide range of transport safety activities conducted by government organizations and coordinates policies between ministries and issues guidelines to local public bodies.
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