- 83% of the teaching staff in Okinawa think that the students are going through tough family and/or financial times.
- 77% of survey respondents think car sensors should be installed to detect the silent hybrid and electric cars passing by.
- 60% of people surveyed said they support Japanese snowboarder Kazuhiro Kokubo in the Vancouver Winter Olympics, despite his uniform-protocol transgression.
- 54% of women surveyed say they take supplements daily, and 54% of those take only vitamins.
- 50% buy a product after trying out a sample of it.
- 48% are keen about the idea of reading an e-book on an iPhone.
- 40% of surveyed employees with hay fever prefer to stay at home; 35% of them say wearing a mask is stressful.
- 35% of japan.internet.com readers use SNS such as Mixi to share information, 31% said they use Twitter and 17% use blogs.
- 29% of dog lovers would consider going to a “cat cafe.”
- 20% of males would like to drink a bourbon with Robert De Niro; 17.6% of females want to drink with Fukuyama Masaharu.
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Over the next three months Toyota will be testing a system to prevent drivers from starting their engines when inebriated. The onboard breathalyzer system will test the alcohol content in the driver’s breath before they start the vehicle. If the alcohol levels are high enough, the ignition will either lock or the driver will be given a warning.
Since the system will be tested nationwide on trucks from Toyota’s subsidiary company, Hino Motors, it appears that Toyota is targeting companies who need to check on the sobriety of their employees. However, considering Japan’s toughened stance on driving under the influence, it might not be long before we see them in ordinary consumer vehicles. And granted, while this isn’t a first for onboard breathalyzer tech (Nissan showcased an even more sophisticated onboard breathalyzer prototype back in 2007), Toyota might be closer to getting the show on the road.
In addition to stiffer penalties for DUI in Japan, regulations were even extended last summer to punish citizens for riding their bicycles when under the influence. Offenders can now face imprisonment of up to five years and fines of ¥1 million. While police officers are generally rather relaxed about enforcing certain road safety laws, such as allowing cyclists to ride on the sidewalks, according to an account in The Japan Times, the law regarding drunk cyclists in Japan is being taken seriously by both citizens and police.
At least the major beer brewers are tweaking their product ranges to jibe with the changing climate. Suntory is due to launch their new non-alcohol beer, Suntory Fine Zero, on Sept. 29, and it will be lined up next to Asahi’s Point Zero, on shelves since Sept. 1, and Kirin Free, which debuted early this year.