You may notice that many Japanese cyclists (usually using ‘mama chari’ or town bikes rather than road bikes) ignore traffic rules and seem to get away.  It is not uncommon to see people riding while holding umbrellas, having their whole bikes covered in a rain parka, or carrying a passenger on the back carrier.  For a country in which so many people get around by bicycle, Japan was surprisingly hands-off regarding regulations for cyclists for years.  It is not usual for offenders to get caught ending up with a fine, but this may change as a set of new laws for the two-wheeled modes of transport were enacted in June 2015.

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