The National Police Agency said Wednesday that 104 people died in road traffic accidents during this year's Obon season from Aug 10 to Aug 19. The NPA said the number was the lowest since records began 40 years ago, TV Asahi reported.
Last year, 129 deaths were reported during the same 10-day period, during which people traditionally return to ancestral family homes and visit their ancestors' graves.
The NPA added that the highest number of deaths occurred in Niigata Prefecture, where six people were killed. This was followed by Hokkaido, Miyagi, Saitama, Chiba, Aichi and Fukuoka, which each saw five fatalities.
Of the deceased, 47 were in cars at the time of death, an increase of 11 on last year. Twenty-five of the deceased were pedestrians, a 50% reduction on last year's figure. The number of people riding motorbikes or bicycles at the time of death was reportedly 31, a 22% decrease on last year's statistic.
The NPA also reported that this year, just seven people died in accidents they caused while driving drunk.© Japan Today