Road accidents in Japan fall to record low in April
Japan Today -- May 16
Japanese police registered a record-low 20,805 road accidents nationwide in April, data showed Friday, reflecting a decline in vehicle traffic following government requests for people to stay at home due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The number of road accidents was down 11,827, or 36.2 percent, from a year earlier, marking the lowest figure since comparable monthly data became available in 1989, with all of Japan's 47 prefectures seeing reductions, according to the National Police Agency.

The number of deaths also decreased by 19.9 percent to 213, the lowest figure on record for April, while the number of injuries fell 37.7 percent to 24,587, the agency said.

By prefecture, Tokyo recorded the sharpest drop in accidents of 48.2 percent, followed by Gunma Prefecture at 47.7 percent. The number of deaths declined in 28 prefectures, remained static in five but rose in 14.

先月の交通事故件数がひと月あたりで過去最少となりました。  警察庁によりますと、先月の全国の交通事故件数は前の年より1万1827件少ない2万805件で、統計のある1989年以降、過去最少を更新しました。また、死者数も4月としては最も少なく、前の年よりも53人少ない213人でした。緊急事態宣言に伴う外出自粛の影響とみられています。交通事故件数では東京が最も減少して半数近くとなった一方で、死者数は東京、大阪、愛知などで増加しました。警察は渋滞減少に伴うスピードの出し過ぎなどに注意を呼び掛けています。
News sources: Japan Today, ANNnewsCH
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