11-year-old dies after being hit by dump truck; driver arrested
Japan, at about 50%, has an abnormally high rate of pedestrian and cyclist deaths as a percentage of all fatalities involving motor vehicles - and too large of a percentage of this number are children.
According to the World Health Organization there are about 6500 road fatalities every year in Japan.
For a country with an aging population and falling birthrate you would think everything would be done to preserve and protect life - especially the lives of it`s young people.
This Japan Times article from a couple year`s back explains the situation well.
If the government`s excuse for not building safer streets is that it's too expensive or that it would inconvenience drivers, then what they are essentially saying is that they do not value life.