Japanese drivers can enjoy the benefits of increased safety, as automatic braking technology becomes more widely available in the country's automobile industry.
Specialists at Japan's Institute for Traffic Accident Research and Data Analysis have been studying safety issues. They say that rear-end collisions were responsible for 30 percent of accidents last year that resulted in injury or death.
Mazda Motor solved this problem with a radar system that automatically activates the brakes when a car in front gets too close. Mazda's top-of-the-line automobiles are already equipped with this new safety technology.
Subaru technicians at Fuji Heavy Industries have also developed a camera system that detects cars driving in front. The automaker plans to make the device available in all its car models by the end of the year.
Mitsubishi Motors and German automaker Volkswagen are also working on similar anti-collision safety systems.
The parents of a nightclub worker killed in an arson fire three years ago filed a suit in the Nagoya District Court on Monday seeking damages against top members of the Yamaguchi-gumi organized crime group. (Tokyo Reporter )
Kyodo News said Monday that it has dismissed Satoshi Kondo, 51, deputy chief of its general administration bureau and former personnel affairs division chief, for meeting individually with a female student searching for a job and doing an inappropriate act.
(Jiji Press )