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Dementia detected in 30,000 drivers in aging Japan

Surge in fatal crashes involving motorists over 75 spurs stricter testing

An expressway tunnel in Tokyo: Drivers aged 75 and up were involved in 13.5% of Japan's fatal accidents last year -- up from 7.4% a decade earlier.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Tougher testing of senior drivers in Japan has spotted some 30,000 with signs of dementia in six months, the National Police Agency said on Thursday -- providing yet another reminder of the challenges facing the rapidly aging country.

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