Top idea for fiscal reform in Japan!

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This seems to be what the Japanese authorities have come up with to raise government revenue:

Japan Gets Tough on Cyclists Violating Traffic Laws

  • Tokyo District Public Prosecutor’s Office officially announced that it intends to prosecute cyclists who repeatedly violate road traffic laws in Japan. Ignoring a red light or not stopping … fine of up to 50,000 yen.
  • Riding parallel with other cyclists … fines of up to 20,000 yen
  • Failure to make use of one’s light under conditions of poor visibility … fines of up to 50,000 yen



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  1. They need to update the laws to include fines for texting while riding a bike. Make that one double. One for being stupid and two for being an idiot.

  2. Local governments are predators. Here in Clearwater Beach FL the cops have been setting up radar traps on the causeway for the tourists as they leave the beach. All to raise revenue. I assume it is the same around the world – government is not your friend.

  3. The police don’t usually pull you over in Japan unless you are really speeding or driving dangerous. They do have safety days once a month, where they pull drivers over. I have been pulled over for speeding 7 times in Japan and once for running a red light. Every single time I have just got off with a warning, probably because my Japanese is so poor that they feel sorry for me. I can live with that. ;)

  4. hi Colin

    i heard japan is expensive to stay but no expensive to eat…


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