Ten years
after the 2011 Great East Japan
Earthquake.
We’ve learned drivers
can help save lives.

March 11, 2011. Tokyo faced serious traffic jams after the Great East Japan Earthquake as everyone tried to rush home by car. This stopped Emergency vehicles from getting through to save precious lives. Ten years later, Tokyo has put in place traffic restrictions to prevent the same type of traffic congestion as the Great East Japan Earthquake. The I Will Not Drive in Major Earthquakes is a life-saving initiative in which you as a driver can help. When it matters most,
you can save precious lives by not driving.

Facts about Tokyo after the Great East Japan Earthquake Facts about Tokyo after the Great East Japan Earthquake

Three hours after the earthquake, traffic congestion was about 500% heavier than a normal day.


The approximate time it took
to drive one kilometer.

To prevent the same traffic jams as the Great East Japan Earthquake!The Metropolitan Police ask for your cooperation in the event of a major earthquake (lower 6 or above). To prevent the same traffic jams as the Great East Japan Earthquake!The Metropolitan Police ask for your cooperation in the event of a major earthquake (lower 6 or above).

  • Avoid driving. Avoid driving.
  • If you are driving at the time of the earthquake, take your vehicle off the road (to a parking lot, etc.). If you are driving at the time of the earthquake, take your vehicle off the road (to a parking lot, etc.).

Don’t  use  a  car. Don’t  use  a  car.

Don’t go out by car. Don’t drive once you’ve reached your destination. Stop your car in a best available space off the road such as a parking lot. Don’t go out by car. Don’t drive once you’ve reached your destination. Stop your car in a best available space off the road such as a parking lot.

Various traffic restrictions will be in place. Various traffic restrictions will be in place.

More Details! More Details!

Tokyo rolls out large-scale traffic restrictions for life-saving, fire-fighting and other disaster relief efforts in the event of a major earthquake (at or above a lower 6 on the seismic intensity scale)!

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FIRST STAGE RESTRICTION

Traffic on the Kannana-dori Ave. heading for central Tokyo will be blocked. The expressways and six regular roads will be designated as “Routes for Authorized Emergency Vehicles Only.” Consequently, the passage of ordinary vehicles will be blocked.

*The Kannana-dori Ave.
can be used as a detour only.

  • Roads (regular roads) to be designated as “Routes for Authorized Emergency Vehicles Only”
  • Roads (expressways) to be designated as “Routes for Authorized Emergency Vehicles Only”

SECOND STAGE RESTRICTION

Roads that have been designated as "Routes for Authorized Emergency Vehicles Only" during the first stage restriction will be prioritized in being designated as "Emergency Access Roads" and closed off to ordinary vehicles. Certain other roads may also be designated as Emergency Access Roads if necessary.

*“Emergency Access Roads” will be used for the
passage of disaster response vehicles only.

  • Roads (regular roads) to be designated as “Emergency Access Roads”
  • Roads (expressways) to be designated as “Emergency Access Roads”
  • Key roads to be designated, if necessary, as“Emergency Access Roads”

*Depending on a state of disaster damage and traffic condition, roads to be designated will be different.

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Quiz on Traffic Restrictions After Major Earthquakes. Answer all the questions right for a chance to win original Metropolitan Police Department novelty items! Quiz on Traffic Restrictions After Major Earthquakes. Answer all the questions right for a chance to win original Metropolitan Police Department novelty items!

A Prize Pipo-kun Plush Toy (Medium)3winners.B Prize Key Chain with Metropolitan Police Emblem 30winners. A Prize Pipo-kun Plush Toy (Medium)3winners.B Prize Key Chain with Metropolitan Police Emblem 30winners.

Learn what you need to know to save lives in a major earthquake.
This quiz teaches you the traffic restrictions you need to know
in the event of a major earthquake.
Answer every question right for a chance
to win original Metropolitan Police Department novelty items!

Question1Why did emergency vehicles in Tokyo take so long to reach their destinations after the Great East Japan Earthquake?

Question2At 6:00 p.m., three hours after the earthquake,
how much heavier was traffic congestion?

Question3Which metropolitan roadway is restricted to vehicles heading into central Tokyo in the event of a major earthquake (at or above a lower 6 on the seismic intensity scale)?

Question4What should you do if you are driving and a major earthquake hits?

Entry deadline: January 31, 2022

*Only one entry per person.
The campaign handles multiple entries from one person as a single entry for the drawing.

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