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Overseas tourists bring more traffic accidents to Japan

Authorities, car rental groups already trying to improve road conditions

Zhou Boran, left, checks a rental van before driving it off the lot of a shop near Tokyo's Haneda Airport. (Photo by Tsubasa Suruga)

TOKYO -- The record numbers of overseas visitors to Japan are bringing an unwanted problem -- rising rental car accidents.

On Sept. 22, Zhou Borun, 30, a self-employed businessman from Beijing, rented a Nissan Serena minivan at a Nippon Rent-A-Car outlet near Haneda Airport in Tokyo. He, his wife, daughter and both sets of parents had just arrived in Japan, fresh off a four-hour flight. 

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