Proposed Seat Belt Requirement: Old Hat in Japan

Last week we posted a blog discussing the U.S. Department of Transportation proposal requiring seat belts in buses to attempt to reduce bus accident fatalities. Coincidentally, I’m in Japan on a tour bus equipped with a seat belt. In and of itself barely noteworthy, except that as we’re about to enter a highway, the tour guide announced that everyone should put on their seatbelt.

Apparently, in Japan wearing a seatbelt on a bus that is travelling on a highway is required. We’re now buckled up on a bus taking us to a Ninja Museum. Supposedly there are real ninjas there, wearing pink day-glow outfits. My kids can’t wait. Sayonara

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