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26-year-old woman killed in 5-vehicle pile-up on Chuo Expressway in Yamanashi


A 26-year-old woman was killed and a man slightly injured in a five-vehicle pile-up which occurred on the Chuo Expressway in Yamanashi Prefecture on Sunday at around 10:30 p.m.

According to police, the car being driven by Miki Tomita hit the guard rail and then was hit by a station wagon, Fuji TV reported. Three other cars which were following the station wagon rearended each other.

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Elbuda...paisano...while you made a point, was it necessary. Yes, RIP!

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So how do you explain Japan's excellent safety record?

They have fewer road deaths than the vast majority of nations; among the G20 group, only Germany and the UK are better.

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Someone told me the other day how "We Japanese" (yawn) "never tailgate". When I had finished laughing....

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So how do you explain Japan's excellent safety record?

Fudged statistics. Like all their other "records".

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@Elbuda It is not what you say so much as how you say it! But I put that down to your Latino temperament:)! I can imagine that driving in Kansai would be way more hectic than driving in Kanto.

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lucabrasi: So how do you explain Japan's excellent safety record?

Hard to get much of a crash in a traffic jam.

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From pictures I've seen of Japanese expressways (which are mostly toll roads), they tend to be narrower than the autobahnen in Germany or the freeways in the USA. As such, if there is a a multiple car accident the results can be sometimes sadly horrifying. It's a tribute to Japanese driving education and the fact the speed limit is only 100 km/h (62 mph) that such accidents are fortunately quite rare.

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I will concede that a lot of Japanese highways, especially the older ones, undulate more and are more curved than equivalent roads in the U.K. or Italy, say. Furthermore, maintenance is also inconsistent. I recall driving along a stretch of curved highway that was so bumpy it tossed my car around completely unexpectedly.

Pay attention to your driving, peeps!

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So how do you explain Japan's excellent safety record?

The scope is Japan. Japan's record perhaps would be even better if proper distances between cars are kept, headlights are turned on when necessary, speed limits observed, and driver usage of smartphones refrained.

How do you explain Germany's record? The UK's? Saudi Arabia's? Scope.

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So sad, RIP. One thing in Japan, you need to watch the roads so carefully. If you want to see crazy driving, you need to come to KYUSHU. The average fail rate when taking the drivers test is about 6-7 times and that's just average. KYUSHU drivers were ranked by far the worst in Japan and if you live and drive here, you will know why.

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Could happen in the rain on Freeway SLIGHTLY CURVED area where people feel safe maitaining higher speed when hydroplaning jacks up tires slightly off the road surfaces and vehicle instead of curves with the road it glides traight ahead to hit the guardrail, especially when tire treads are well worn.

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ELbuda Mexicano - you are complaining about Japan's traffic? I wonder what will your temper be if you try driving at China, India, South East Asia and Russia.

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Why is she dead?? Because MOST JAPANESE do NOT slow down or understand about keeping a SAFETY SPACE between their own vehicles and the ones in front of them! Drive too fast, no lights on even at night, and mess around with your smartphones, etc..just a HUGE ACCIDENT waiting to happen, this is the reality of LIFE and DEATH here in Japan. RIP??

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"...station wagon..." Now, that is a term I haven't heard in a long time.

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@Lucabrasi, Japan has an excellent safety record?? I DRIVE in Japan everyday, I do not NEED to know about so called safety records, with over 20 years of living here in Japan, I know what kind of crazy drivers we have, and the closer you get down to KANSAI, Osaka?? It is a whole different BALL GAME! @Lou Hiro, my paisano, I am NOT trying to sound mean, like some old grumpy old fart etc..it is my MERCY, because I care I tell my Japanese amigos, SLOW DOWN, turn on your HEAD LIGHTS, turn on your windshield wipers in HEAVY RAIN oh, try and put those seat beats on your kids, so they do not end up flying out of the windows in a sudden accident etc.. by the way, one of the worst accidents I have seen here in JAPAN was just before getting into OSAKA, near Shiga, heavy rain, getting dark, but those idiot fools from KANSAI, putting on their head lights to push me out of the fast lane, I was going around 120 KPH while these other fools were over 170 KPH! We smarter folk went down to 20 KPH in that super heavy rain in the SLOW LANES, the others that wanted to get down to OSAKA etc..faster ended up SLIPPING!! About 10 regular cars and 3 or 4 big rig trucks, BLOOD EVERYWHERE, yes WELCOME TO OSAKA, but this kind of stupid accident could happen anywhere and anytime, this is the lovely SAFETY RECORD in my mind about JAPAN.

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