“Summer Traffic Safety Campaign” to be held in Mie Prefecture


2024/05/29 Wednesday Announcements, Security

In summer, the heat can distract people, and many traffic accidents are expected.

In addition to raising awareness of traffic safety and following traffic rules, each individual should also take care of their health by getting enough rest and staying hydrated, and avoid causing or being involved in traffic accidents.

  1. Period

10 days from Thursday, July 11, 2024 to Saturday, July 20, 2024

  1. Campaign focus

(1) Preventing traffic accidents involving children and the elderly

  • When driving, concentrate on driving, always anticipate danger and drive with consideration for children, the elderly and people with disabilities.
  • Elderly people should understand the impact that changes in physical function have on driving, and drive according to the weather, physical condition, and other circumstances.
  • Slow down around schools and on school routes, and make sure there are no pedestrians.
  • Watch out for children suddenly running out onto the road.
  • When teaching your child traffic rules, be sure to teach them what is dangerous and how.

(2) Thoroughly respect the priority of pedestrians and practice safe crossing methods.

  • If there are pedestrians near a crosswalk, slow down so you can stop immediately and when pedestrians cross the road, be sure to stop and let them cross safely.
  • If there is a crosswalk nearby, pedestrians should always cross at the crosswalk.
  • When crossing a crosswalk, stop once and check both sides carefully before crossing.
  • Check both sides while crossing.
  • Some drivers do not notice pedestrians.
  • Pedestrians should signal to the driver that they are ready to cross by raising their hand slightly, and wait until the car has stopped before crossing.

(3) Thoroughly wear seat belts and child seats correctly

  • Seat belts and child seats protect your life and the life of your loved ones.
  • Wear seat belts in all seats, and when carrying children under the age of 6, use a child seat or junior seat that is appropriate for their size..

(4) Eradicate drinking and driving.

  • Drinking and driving is a crime and you will bear serious responsibility.
  • Even if you have a hangover, it is still drinking and driving. If you feel that you still have alcohol in your system, do not drive.
  • Providing alcohol to a driver, providing a vehicle, or riding with a driver will be subject to severe punishment, along with drunk drivers.
  • Vicious and dangerous tailgating that can lead to serious traffic accidents is also strictly prohibited.

(5) Wearing helmets on bicycles, etc. and following traffic rules

  • All bicycle users must make an effort to wear a helmet when riding a bicycle.
  • Wear a helmet to protect your life from traffic accidents.
  • Obey traffic rules, drive safely, and prevent traffic accidents.
  • Electric scooters that meet the standards do not require a driver’s license, but people under the age of 16 cannot drive them.
  • Electric scooters that do not meet the standards are classified as mopeds and regular motorcycles, so caution is required.
  • Before using an electric scooter, make sure to check the traffic rules carefully and use it safely.

Click here  for an educational pamphlet (in Japanese language only).

  1. Contact (in Japanese language only)

Mie-ken Kankyō Seikatsubu Kurashi Kōtsū Anzenka Kōtsū Anzenhan (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

Illegal poaching is a crime! “I don’t know it’s forbidden” can’t be an excuse!

2024/05/29 Wednesday Announcements, Security


Japan’s seas are home to a variety of fish, shellfish, and seaweed, but poaching has become a problem.

To prevent poaching, the law was changed in 2018. Violators will face heavy penalties.

[Subjects to illegal poaching]

Abalone (awabi), sea cucumbers (namako), glass eel fry (young fish) (shirasu unagi)

→ Penalty: imprisonment of up to three years or a fine of up to 30 million yen.

Vôngole (asari), clams (hamaguri), sea snail (sazae), Ise-ebi lobster, octopus (tako), sea urchins (uni), wakame algae, etc.

→ Fines of up to 1 million yen.

If you don’t follow the rules, you could be punished for illegal fishing.

See examples of illegal fishing below:

  • Example) I was fishing and happened to catch an octopus, so I took it home.
  • Example) I was playing on the beach and found a sea cucumber and picked it up.
  • Example) I thought it was okay to eat it myself.
  • Example) I thought it was okay to eat even just a little.

Even if you are only going to eat it with your family and do not intend to sell it to anyone, do not catch it.

If you do happen to catch one, please return it to the sea immediately.

“ Rules for catching sea creatures” 捉海洋生物的规则 (in Chinese)

“ Rules for catching sea creatures” Aturan untuk menangkap makhluk laut (in Indonesian)

“ Rules for catching sea creatures” Quy tắ c đánh bắ t sinh vắ t biể n (in Vietnamese)

Contact information *Only in Japanese

Daiyon Kanku Kaijou Hoanbu Keibi Kyunanbu Keijika (第四管区海上保安部警備救難部刑事課)

TEL: 052-661-1611

Mie-ken Nōrin Suisanbu Suisan Shigen Kanrika (三重県農林水産部水産資源管理課)

TEL: 059-224-2582