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WHITE PAPER
ON TRAFFIC SAFETY IN JAPAN 2016
Abridged Edition

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Table of contents (PDF:39KB)open a new window

Feature article (PDF:733KB)open a new window

“Challenge to New Goals in Road Transport”- Preparation of the 10th Traffic Safety Basic Plan (Road Transport) -

 I Occurrence Situation of Road Traffic Accidents
 II Characteristics of Road Traffic Accidents in Recent Years
 III Towards Achieving New Goals
 IV Overview of the 10th Traffic Safety Basic Plan (Road Transport)
Overview of the 10th Traffic Safety Basic Plan (Railway Transport, )
 Future Direction of Traffic Safety Measures at Crossings
 Future Direction of Maritime Transport Safety Measures
 Future Direction of Air Transport Safety Measures

I Outline of Present Situation

Title 1 Land Transport (PDF:660KB)open a new window

Part 1 Road Transport

Chapter 1 Road Traffic Accident Trends

 1. Long-Term Transition of Road Traffic Accidents
 2. Road Traffic Accident Conditions during 2015
  • Overall Condition
  • Number of Fatalities and Injuries in Traffic Accidents by Age Group
  • Number of Fatalities and the Number of Injuries in Traffic Accidents by Age Group
  • Number of fatalities in traffic accidents by age group and by state per a population of 100,000
  • Number of Fatalities with or without the Use of Seat-belt
  • Number of Fatalities with or without the Use of Child-seats

Chapter 2 Overview of Current Road Traffic Safety Measures

 1. Improvement of Road Traffic Environment
  • Development of People-First Walking Spaces Offering Safety and Security on Community Roads
  • Promotion of Traffic Safety Measures on Arterial Roads
  • Comprehensive Development of Bicycle Usage Environment
  • Use of Intelligent Transport Systems
 2. Dissemination and Reinforcement of Traffic Safety
  • Promotion of Traffic Safety Education for the Elderly
  • Promotion of the Safe Usage of Bicycles
 3. Ensuring Safe Driving
  • Promotion of Measures for Elderly Drivers
  • Augmentation of Supervision for Road Transport Operators
  • Enhancement of Transport Safety Management System
 4. Ensuring Vehicle Safety Measures
  • Development, Practical application and Dissemination of Advance Safety Vehicles (ASV) and Ensuring Safety of Automatic Traveling System
 5. Development of Rescue and Emergency Medical Systems
  • Promotion of the “Doctor-Helicopter Business”
  • Augmentation of Fire Department and Collaborative Systems for Medical Agencies

Part 2 Railway Transport

Chapter 1 Railway Traffic Accident Trends

 1. Operational Accidents over Recent Years

Chapter 2 Overview of Current Railway Traffic Safety Measures

 1. Improvement of Railway Environment
  • Improving Operational Safety Devices
  • Strengthening of the Earthquake Resistance of Railway Structure
 2. Dissemination of Knowledge about the Safety of Rail Traffic
 3. Ensuring the Safe Operation of Railways
  • Retaining the Quality of Train Operators
  • Analysis and Utilization of Risk Information
  • Enhancement of Transport Safety Management System
  • Appropriate Response in Cases of Large-Scale Accident Occurrence

Title 2 Maritime Transport (PDF:98KB)open a new window

Chapter 1 Maritime Accident Trends

 1. Maritime Accidents and Rescues during 2015
 2. Major Constituents of Pleasure Boat Accidents and Maritime Rescues during 2015

Chapter 2 Current Maritime Traffic Safety Measures

 1. Improvement of Maritime Traffic Environment
  • Improvement of Traffic Safety Facilities
 2. Dissemination of Knowledge Regarding Maritime Transport Safety
  • Raising Awareness of the Prevention of Maritime Accidents
 3. Ensuring Safe Operation of Boats and Ships
  • Promotion of Transport Safety Management Assessment
  • Strengthening of Supervision for Passenger Ship Operators
 4. Augmentation of Safety Measures for Small Vessels, etc
  • Promotion of Safety Measures for Pleasure Boats

Title 3 Air Transport (PDF:36KB)open a new window

Chapter 1 Air Traffic Accident Trends

 1. Air Traffic Accidents in Recent Years
 2. Incidents Related to Air Traffic Safety during 2015
  • Safety Issues Involving Air Carriers

Chapter 2 Overview of Current Air Traffic Safety Measures

 1. Conversion to Comprehensive Safety Management
  • Introduction of State Safety Program (SSP)
 2. Development of Air Traffic Environment
  • Measures Against Runway Incursion
 3. Ensuring Safe Operation of Aircraft
  • Enhancement and Strengthening of the Transportation Safety Management System
  • Strengthening of Supervision of Air Carriers
 4. Ensuring Aircraft Safety
  • Improvement of Technical Standards of Maintenance and Inspection of Aircraft

II Outline of the Plan

Part 1 Measures Regarding the Safety of Land Transport (PDF:51KB)open a new window

Chapter 1 Measures Regarding Road Transport Safety

 1. Improvement of Road Traffic Environment
 2. Dissemination and Reinforcement of Traffic Safety
 3. Ensuring Safe Driving
 4. Ensuring Vehicle Safety Measures
 5. Improvement of Rescue and Emergency Medical System

Chapter 2 Measures Regarding Railway Transport Safety

 1. Improvement of Railway Environment
 2. Ensuring the Safe Operation of Railways

Part 2 Measures Regarding Maritime Transport Safety (PDF:31KB)open a new window

 1. Improvement of Maritime Traffic Environment
 2. Ensuring Safe Operations of Ships
 3. Enhancing Safety Measures for Small Boats

Part 3 Measures Regarding Air Transport Safety (PDF:33KB)open a new window

 1. Further Promotion of Aviation Safety Program
 2. Ensuring Safe Operation of Aircraft
 3. Ensuring Aircraft Safety

Topics (PDF:1,084KB)open a new window

  • Efforts to counter vehicles travelling in the wrong direction on expressways - Traffic safety measures in view of the increase in elderly people with dementia -
  • Efforts for traffic safety of elderly people - Traffic safety measures in view of the increase in elderly people with dementia -
  • Efforts for Traffic Volunteer Activities
  • Ordinances regarding traffic safety measures enacted in 2015 in the prefectures (and government-designated cities)
  • Advanced safety technologies for vehicles
  • Application status after the enactment of the law regarding punishment on acts such as killing or injuring people by driving a car (Purpose of enactment and application)
  • Implementation status of the Course for Cyclists .
  • Holding of “Symposium on the Support of Children Who Lost Their Families in Traffic Accidents”
  • Development and Promotion of Platform Doors in Railway Stations
  • Effort for an accelerated preparation of tsunami evacuation manual by ship operators
  • Improvement of the function of the Maritime Information and Communication System (MICS)
  • Towards safe flight of unmanned aircraft (drone, radio controlled machines etc.)!

[Remarks]

  1. The smaller units for numbers provided in the charts are in principle rounded off. Therefore, there could be cases when the total number does not exactly match the sum of the breakdown of the numbers.
  2. The number of road traffic fatalities, if not otherwise mentioned, refers to the number of deaths within 24 hours.
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