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12 people including foreigners injured in bus-trailer-car crash in Hokkaido

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Unlike passenger cars, trucks are permitted to wear chains in Hokkaido in Winter. Might be a good idea to make it a legal requirement.

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Unlike passenger cars, trucks are permitted to wear chains in Hokkaido in Winter. Might be a good idea to make it a legal requirement.

Yep. Ive been in chain-shod buses in Hokkaido and Tohoku - Yamagata from memory. Certainly a bumpy and noisy ride, but probably avoids many accidents.

All the best to those injured - wishing for a full recovery.

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a bumpy and noisy ride

And slow. Of course we want to slow down when the roads have packed snow and ice. The other cars without chains will be moving faster.

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What happened to the tractor?

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Rupert SpiraToday  07:06 am JST

Buses can be lethal traps.

BTW the term "foreigners' is a bit derogatory. Can JT use the standard terms in native English countries 'foreign tourists' or 'international tourists'?

You're talking about the headline -- which often has tight space limits. It has to be as concise as possible.

"Foreigners" is 10 letters/spaces, versus 16 for "foreign tourists" and 22 for "international tourists."

Such space-consuming terms can't be used in headlines.

And on a personal-opinion note, as a foreigner in Japan, I don't think "foreigner" is derogatory at all.

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Chains can destroy the asphalt and concrete surface of roads. If you occasionally drive in winter conditions, they can be a temporary or one-time option but if you consistently drive in heavy winter conditions, then four winter tires and a set of chains for emergencies, is the best option. Winter tires are now mandatory in some countries. No more of those terrible all season tires.

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