As Tokyo roads empty, speeding cars turn into deadly menace

TOKYO — Though Tokyo’s streets are virtually empty, fatal car accidents are up.

Both drivers and pedestrians seem to be flouting traffic rules as road traffic disappeared upon the government’s stay-at-home request, leading to higher instances of serious accidents.

One accident on the evening of April 14 illustrates is a case in point.

A vehicle traveling on an expressway in Tokyo’s Shinagawa Ward fatally struck a 90-year-old woman at a traffic stop. The driver failed to slow down when the traffic light turned yellow, and the pedestrian apparently started to cross the six-lane expressway before her light turned green. The

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Coronavirus latest: Maruti Suzuki India sells no cars in April

The Nikkei Asian Review is tracking the spread of the new coronavirus that originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

Global cases have reached 3,090,445, according to the World Health Organization.

The worldwide death toll has hit 217,769.

To see how the disease has spread, view our virus tracker charts:

(Source photo by AP) 

Here are the latest developments (Tokyo time):

Friday, May 1

4 p.m. Tokyo has confirmed 165 new daily cases, sources tell Nikkei, a sharp increase from two days earlier when the capital counted fewer than 50 new infections. 

3:27 p.m. Maruti Suzuki, India’s

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