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                                Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department statistics show that 36% of traffic accidents in 2018 involved cyclists, up from 33% in 2017. This is significantly higher than the nationwide average of 19% in 2017.
Tokyo pushes bicycle riders to get insured

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has submitted an amendment that would require cyclists in the capital to purchase liability insurance, following a series of bicycle accidents resulting in pedestrians being severely injured. Read more

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                                Reloadable transportation cards such as this Suica card can be used for fares, vending machines and more.
Prepaid cards make travel convenient for tourists

Visitors to Japan can go cashless while traveling across the country, now that major rail operators have released prepaid, reloadable transportation cards, called IC cards, for tourists. Read more

AI for predicting tsunami will help prevent disasters

Drawing lessons from one of the worst disasters in the nation’s history, a team of Japanese researchers is developing an artificial intelligence-based tsunami forecasting system set for release by March that could help limit loss of life and property in future calamities. Read more

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                                The shingleback (or bobtail) lizard, a trendy pet in Japan, is indigenous to Australia. It is pricey, costing as much as 1 million yen (about $9,300). Japan is the fourth-largest importer of live reptiles globally.
Popular pet lizards smuggled into Japan

The smuggling of bobtail lizards (also known as shingleback lizards), popular as pets in Asian countries, is rampant, and several Japanese citizens involved in the crime have been caught. Read more

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