Alcoholism in Japan

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The consumption of alcohol has depicted a gradual decrease in the developed and industrialized nations of the world. However, such consumption has shown an increasing trend in Japan. A recent study revealed that alcoholism had increased by nearly 250 percent in Japan, in comparison to the number of alcoholics three decades ago.


Most of these penalties are similar to those obtaining in Ireland. Driving under the influence of alcohol is a serious crime in Japan; and it is also a crime to permit or encourage a person who has consumed alcohol, to drive a vehicle. This applies to passengers in a vehicle, whose driver has already consumed alcohol. Thus, passengers should not allow a drunken person to drive their vehicle (Department of Foreign Affairs, 2008).
Japan has changed its Traffic Act, and the new Act was enacted with effect from June 2002. The new law reduced the statutory standard of alcohol concentration in the blood for drivers. It also imposes heavier and more stringent penalties on the drivers whose alcohol concentration level is above the legal limit. As such, this new Traffic Act imposes harsher penalties for offenses committed by drunken drivers (Road Traffic Act of Japan, 2002).
In its report of June 2003, the National Police Agency of Japan reported that there was a steep decline in fatal accidents, resulting from alcohol consumption. There was a nearly 30% decrease after the implementation of the new Traffic Act. This rate remained unchanged in the subsequent twelve month period, and there were incidents of vehicular crashes caused by drunken drivers. The total number of accidents during the period from June 2001 to May 2002 was 1187. ...
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