If you read my previous post on getting a Japanese drivers license, you would have seen how this place looked like back then - while it was functional, it looked kinda run down which is why they decided to build a new one I presume.
Here I'm lining up to hand in that postcard to start the renewal process.
In my case, I need to take a test to ascertain whether I can still see at my old age. The test is simple - I look through a pair of goggles where I see a "C" shape that would appear facing up, down, left or right and I need to say which direction. The C shape appears pointing in random directions and in different sizes.
This Google Image Search shows you what a manual eyesight chart looks like in Japan.
We get given pamphlets which outlines the rules of the road and statistics showing us how many people died in road accidents in the past year.
The stats show that 4373 people died in road accidents the previous year and that the Aichi Prefecture had the most deaths at 219 people. Tokyo had 168 deaths.
Actually, most of his lecture was about deaths ><
These pages outline the types of accidents that caused death - the first page tells us that 42.9% of deaths were of pedestrians, 18.5% were on a bicycle, 23.8% were on a motorbike and 13.7% were in a car.
The following page then outlines what sort of accident - head on crash, crash from behind etc.
I'm not sure what its like in other countries but even if a kid runs out in front of your car and you hit them - its the drivers fault.
Speaking of which, when I was in Taiwan recently, most of the Taxi's had a camera mount as it seems there are many cases of insurance scams - a bit like the one below I guess.
Japanese drivers licenses have a chip inside - before leaving the building, we check that our details are correct by placing the card at one of the terminals.
When taking the photo I smiled and the guy taking it said "Dame!" (pronounced "Dah-Meh" meaning "No!"
From a few years back, passport and driver license photos prohibit the use of smiley photos ><
The Japanese Police Agency from time to time use anime characters in their traffic regulations guides like this one that I kept from a while ago that features Chibi Maruko - how many of you watch it? I hardly ever see folks talk about it even though its one of the most popular anime prime time TV series.