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February 28, 2008



I ride my bicycle to the office everyday. It's about 40 minutes one way. I go from the Ebisu area on up through to near Ikebukuro. Not a day goes by where I don't want to kill a clueless taxi driver or delivery driver or driver of an illegally parked car (of which there are so many). Drivers in this city are just flat-out incompetent - and it doesn't seem to phase anyone.

I have heard horror stories about the difficulties in passing the driving test before - which I guess explains why the average Japanese has no qualms about buying a pass by paying 300,000 yen to go through the Koyama Driving School or some other equally over-priced course. But in spite of such a rigorous procedure it ensures nothing as far as safety when the average person behind the wheel is completely braindead, careless, and seemingly asleep.


look at the American embassy website and you can read about why Canadians don't have to do the test.

when you renew you may be able to go to a police station to do it.
I am going to renew next month at a Sagamihara police station.
The other places are in Odawara, Ebina, and Kawasaki.

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