Spring National Traffic Safety Campaign


2024/02/26 Monday Announcements, Security

Spring is the season when children enter kindergarten and go to school with a new mindset. As the weather gets warmer and we have more opportunities to go out, there are concerns that there will be more traffic accidents.

To avoid causing traffic accidents due to slight carelessness and inattentiveness, each of us should raise our awareness of traffic safety and strive to drive safely with a sense of calm and peace of mind.

  1. Period

April 6 (Saturday) until April 15, 2024 (Monday) – Duration of 10 days

*April 10 (Wednesday), is Zero Traffic Death Day (Koutsu Jiko-shi Zero wo Mezasu Hi).

  1. Campaign focus

(1) Ensure a safe road traffic environment for children and practice safe crossing methods

  • Let us protect the irreplaceable lives of the next generation of children in society as a whole.
  • Children may behave in unexpected ways. If you see a child, slow down and drive safely.
  • Keep an eye out for children on school routes and roads where you live.
  • Teach your children to always cross at crosswalks, if there is one nearby, and to always stop and look both ways before crossing. Also teach them to continue paying attention to both sides even while crossing.
  • In addition, pedestrian violations and traffic accidents are also occurring. Disregarding traffic signs and crossing immediately before or after a moving vehicle are dangerous actions and should be avoided at all costs.

(2) Ensure pedestrians have priority and encourage “attentive and tolerant” driving

  • The priority of pedestrians at crosswalks is not a matter of etiquette, but a traffic rule stipulated in the Road Traffic Law.
  • Slow down and drive safely at pedestrian crossings unless there is clearly no one else crossing.
  • If there are pedestrians trying to cross a crosswalk, always stop before the crosswalk and give way to pedestrians crossing.
  • Furthermore, driving under the influence of alcohol is absolutely prohibited. There are severe penalties for drink driving and you could lose your job or family if you are caught drink driving or cause an accident.
  • Let’s strive to build a society that doesn’t allow drunk driving.
  • Drink driving is a malicious and dangerous criminal offense that can lead to serious accidents on the roads. Drive calmly and have a sense of “mutual consideration and respect.”

(3) Wear a helmet and obey traffic rules when using a bicycle or an electric kickboard

  • Bicycles are vehicles that can be easily driven by anyone without a driver’s license, but as a member of the “vehicle” class, you must respect traffic rules.
  • Be aware of the dangers to yourself and others around you when riding with two people on the same bicycle, riding bicycles side by side, holding an umbrella while cycling, using a smartphone or headphones, etc. attitudes and never drive dangerously.
  • There are also detailed rules for specified small motorized bicycles (so-called “electric kickboards” that meet size and other criteria), the rules of which have changed since July 2023.
  • Be sure to check traffic rules when using them.
  • When riding a bicycle or electric kickboard, wear a helmet to protect your own life and observe the correct traffic rules.

Click here for the National Spring Traffic Safety Campaign awareness pamphlet.

  1. Contact (In Japanaese language only)

Mie-ken Kankyo Seikatsu-bu Kurshi Koutsu Anzen-ka Koutsu Anzen-han (三重県 環境生活部 くらし・交通安全課 交通安全班)

TEL: 059-224-2410

Beware of scams from sellers that goes door-to-door offering home renovation services!!

2024/02/26 Monday Announcements, Security


Please be aware that many consumer problems related to home renovations are occurring within the prefecture.

[Problems that occurred in the past]

  • The seller recommended the renovation work and we decided to carry it out. However, the work was stopped several times and an additional fee was charged each time. We paid the additional fees several times, but then were unable to contact the company.
  • They recommended that the roof must be repaired and the repairs were carried out. The bill after installation was much higher than the estimated cost. Later, another renovation company salesperson confirmed to me that the work was unnecessary.
  • A salesman from a renovation company came to my house unexpectedly and told us that the tiles had moved and that it would be dangerous, recommending that we carry out repairs. Another expert later examined the roof and found the work was unnecessary. The price was also considered higher than usual.

[Advice to consumers]

  • If you receive a request for renovation work, don’t sign a contract right away! If you are going to do a renovation, make sure you get quotes from more than one company.
  • When signing a contract, carefully check the contents of the contract and other documents! If you are unsure about the content of the contract, consult the company and do not sign the contract if you are not satisfied with the content.
  • If you are persistently approached, refuse the offer! It is prohibited by law to persistently approach consumers at home even after they have refused.
  • Don’t worry alone, consult Consumer Hotline 188 or MieCo!

If you received a door-to-door sales visit, you may have a cooling off period of eight days after signing the contract. You may also be able to cancel the contract within a year if you have had persistent visitors and contracted for a series of unnecessary works in a short period.