Road Accidents Fall to Record Low in Japan - April 2020
Recently released data for April, shows a record low number of road accidents nationwide. The low number of accidents, 20,805, is attributed to the government's request for people to stay at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the National Police Agency, the number of road accidents was down 36.2% or 11,827 from a year earlier. This marks the lowest monthly figure since the record keeping began in 1989. All 47 prefectures saw reductions, with Tokyo Prefecture seeing the sharpest drop with a 48.2% drop, followed by Gunma Prefecture with a 47.7% drop.
The number of deaths also decreased by 19.9% to 213, the lowest April figure on record. The number of injures fell by 37.7% to 24,587, according to the National Police Agency.