Japan National Police have released traffic fatality and injury data for 2015:
The number of deaths caused by traffic accidents in 2015 rose by four from the previous year to 4,117, up for the first time in 15 years, the National Police Agency said Monday.
An NPA official attributed the rise to the growing population of elderly people, who have a higher mortality rate in the event of an accident.
The data mean that the government failed to achieve its target of reducing the annual traffic death toll to 3,000 or less by 2015, which was set under the basic plan for traffic safety covering fiscal 2011 to 2015.
Even though they did not reach their goal, the progress is still quite impressive. Imagine if the US had achieved this kind of reduction: