It’s official: In Japan Green is Blue

Japan’s National Police Agency’s official Japan’s official “Rules of the Road” manual defines the color “Blue” as “Green.”

 
The problem is, in Japanese green and blue are both referred to as Ao/. Therefore in Japanese traffic lights are called a Ao shingo/青信号, which literally translates to “Blue Signal.”
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Consequently, there is a confusion especially in older parking garages in the proper color of green lights as shown just above and below.

Since most street traffic lights in Japan have been replaced with LEDs in the past five years, most green lights—but not all—now conform to the international green standard.
Refer to The Japan Times of 2013/02/25: The Japanese traffic light blues: Stop on red, go on what?
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Previous reports of Japan’s traffic signals include:

 


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