Over-65s account for record 42.6% of traffic deaths in 2005
Kyodo, TOKYO — People aged over 65 accounted for a record 42.6 percent of deaths in traffic accidents in Japan last year, the National Police Agency said ...more...
UPDATE: As I was helpfully reminded the title is wrong: 42.6 percent of older people die from their accidents–not 42.6 percent cause accidents.
I am forever amazed that the average age of a Japanese taxi driver is well over 65 years old. It’s a bit unnerving when my driver with thick trifocals cannot read his GPS map and asks me for help. I feel like just going in the front and drive the damn cab myself. Per kilometer driven, Tokyo is damn dangerous. I have been in several taxi wrecks in the past 20 years and expect to be in more. Hint: Always use the seatbelts in a Japanese cab–I do.