The Japanese government's autumn nationwide traffic safety campaign kicks off on Monday. The campaign, which runs until Sept 30, is held twice a year -- in spring and autumn.
AKB48 singer Aki Takajo, who was named honorary police chief for a day in Harajuku, Tokyo, took part in an event on Saturday to raise awareness for the campaign which promotes safe driving. She urged spectators to be careful when crossing the street and to always watch out for traffic.
The autumn campaign is focusing on reducing the number of fatalities among children by urging parents to hold their young children by the hand when they cross streets, or are in car parks. The National Police Agency (NPA) is also urging cyclists to observe the rules of the road.
So far this year, the number of traffic fatalities in Tokyo is 115, which is 15 more than for the same period last year, according to the NPA.© Japan Today