Accidents & Laws

Traffic Offenses, Accidents and Fines

Steep monetary penalties are given for even minor traffic offenses in Japan. For example, speeding, parking violations and minor accidents can easily cost over 40,000. Besides the monetary penalties, there is a point system that goes against your license. If you earn a certain number of points your license is suspended (6-14 points), or revoked (25 or more). You earn 2 points for running a red light, and up to 12 points for speeding. However, if you have ANY alcohol in your system the points sky rocket.

Drunk driving is not tolerated by Japan, and certainly not by IUJ

Those involved in drinking and driving incidents run the risk of losing their scholarship, being suspended or expelled from IUJ – or both. And of course the legal implications are severe. Those who allow friend to drive drunk are held responsible.

Traffic violations involving IUJ students are most often reported by the police to the OSS. They often involve IUJ in communications with students, especially if any insurance claims, etc. are involved. This is not the choice of IUJ, but the way the local police handles matters. If you are involved in any traffic incident, accident, or violation, expect IUJ to learn about it. Please tell us in advance (before the police do) so we can prepare to talk with the police and insurance companies when they call.


No Need to Drink and Drive

This area of Japan has a great service known as “Daiko”. Daiko is a special taxi service that brings you, your friends, and your car back to campus at the cost of just over a taxi fare. So don’t drink and drive – don’t put yourself in danger and jeopardize your status at IUJ – use the Daiko Service.