Foreign rental car drivers involved in four times more accidents in Osaka than domestic drivers: data
Japan Times -- Dec 01
The rate of rental car accidents involving foreign drivers in Osaka Prefecture is four times higher than those involving Japanese drivers, according to recent data released by the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry.

A study of foreign drivers conducted by the ministry's Kinki bureau between April and November, which covered 53 rental car outlets operated by three companies, showed Thursday that 3 percent of the total 3,973 foreign drivers had car accidents - surpassing the 0.7 percent of accidents in which 36,272 domestic drivers were involved.

According to the Institute for Traffic Accident Research and Data Analysis, between 2014 and 2016 the total number of rental car accidents caused by foreign visitors in Japan nearly tripled, while the number of accidents resulting in injuries or deaths among domestic rental car drivers decreased during that period.

"Unlike before, when group tours by bus were popular, these days foreign tourists are more likely to travel individually or in a small group by renting cars, and the support system for foreign drivers has not yet caught up with the increase," said Takashi Shimojitosho, a communications ministry spokesman responsible for the research.

The number of foreign visitors who arrived at Kansai International Airport and then used rental cars doubled from approximately 42,800 in 2014 to 99,100 in 2016.

News source: Japan Times
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