Record-low 2,626 traffic-related deaths reported in Japan in 2021


The National Police Agency (NPA) said in a report released Tuesday that the number of fatalities from traffic accidents in Japan in 20121 was 2,636. 

This is a decrease of 203 deaths from 2020. It’s also the lowest number since 1948, when officials began compiling statistical data.

The NPA attributed the decrease in traffic fatalities to improvements in vehicle safety technology and increased awareness of safe driving after a series of car accidents caused by elderly drivers.

According to the preliminary figures, the number of traffic accidents in 2021 amounted to 305,425, which was a decrease of 3,753 incidents from the previous year. The number of injured people was 361,768, down 7,708 people from 2020. 

The report said people aged 65 and over accounted for 57.7% of the total number of fatalities.

Additionally, traffic fatalities have continued to decline for five consecutive years, dropping to less than 20% when at a record high of 16,765 deaths in 1970.

By prefecture, Kanagawa had the highest death toll with 142 cases (an increase of two), taking the top slot for the first time. Osaka was second at 140 (an increase of 16), followed by Tokyo at 133 (a decrease of 22). The prefecture with the lowest number of fatalities was Shimane with 10, down eight from 2020.

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Very good news.

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8 a day. That’s more than gets to the news.good news though. Probably due to our little green friend.

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This is great despite the tailgating incidents that have been on the news recently. Very glad to hear less accidents. We should however keep an eye on the old folk if they're causing more than 50% of the accidents. A mandatory accident prevention system like auto brakes should be the standard in all vehicles with Drivers over the age of 65.

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Still, there are agressive drivers here that are a danger to all road users

4 ( +6 / -2 )

Good news, though I wonder how much is from a general decrease in traffic as more people stay home. I know I used to rent a car to leave the city sometimes for a weekend trip, and obviously haven't since the pandemic started. My partner has converted entirely to remote work so rarely even steps foot outside the flat at all, nevermind drive anywhere.

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Despite the cops not because of them.

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The NPA attributed the decrease in traffic fatalities to improvements in vehicle safety technology and increased awareness of safe driving after a series of car accidents caused by elderly drivers.

More like it's due to people staying the hell home for the most part last year because of covid!

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Yeah that’s really low for such a big population. I always thought they were bad drivers here but got to swallow this one! Well done

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It's still a ridiculous number of tragic and needless waste of lives.

It always reminds me of attending a trial in London many years ago when the guy who killed a cyclist friend of mine by opening his car-door at the moment he was cycling past, when the judge sent him down for 5 years with the following closing statement: "There is no such thing as an accident, only negligence, carelessness and stupidity which caused this innocent man's death"

If only everyone who is privileged to own and drive cars or motorcycles would realise the truth of this statement, and just drive carefully and safely, there would be an enormous decrease in the number of fatalities.

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You can thank covid as less people were out and about

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It's no doubt at least partially due to the same thing causing an increase in dead/flat batteries. (Ask any JAF or private road service company driver how much busier they've been since early 2020.) Cars have been sitting unused in driveways for much longer periods now than before the pandemic.

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