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Trucking in Japan

Japanese infrastructure is unique, in that it is heavily pedestrian oriented and doesn’t have the large roads that we are used to in the States. With those living in the cities making up 92% of the Japanese population, it's these places where trucking has to navigate! In this article, we’ll explore the unique world of trucking in Japan.

Given Japan’s smaller size as a nation, trucks tend to be much smaller and drive a smaller distance compared to western trucks. This also manifests in speed limits that are much lower than we see in America, with the top speed limit on the highway in Japan capped at 80 km/h or 50 mph.

Truck driving is heavily regulated in Japan leading to greater trust to the operators. With GPS trackers and cameras attached to trucks, as well as truck drivers being required to do a breathalyzer test before starting their shifts. One of the most unique aspects in Japanese trucking is Dekotora, a subculture developed from trucking movies in the 70’s. Because of it many trucks are lavishly decorated with pop culture symbols and other iconography! 

We hope you found this information on trucking in Japan insightful on how various cultures take on trucking! At CB Radio Supply, we are here for all your radio needs and offer a wide range of customer service! Our free domestic US shipping and hassle-free returns is our guarantee you’ll be satisfied with your choices. Give us a call to speak with our expert staff today!

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