Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Road Signs in Japan 日本の道路標識

In the country of Japan, road signs (道路標識, dōro-hyōshiki) are standardized by the "Order on Road Sign, Road Line, and Road Surface Marking (道路標識、区画線及び道路標示に関する命令)" established in 1968 with origins from the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department's "Order on Standardization of Road Sign" of 1934 and the Home Ministry of Japan's "Order on Road Signs" of 1942. It seems that the previous designs have been used since 1986 after several so-called amendments of order.

They are certainly divided into "Principal Sign" (本標識, hon-hyōshiki) and "Supplemental Sign" (補助標識, hojo-hyōshiki).

Traffic signs or road signs are really signs erected at the side of or above roads to give instructions or provide information to road users. The earliest ancient signs were simple wooden or stone milestones.

交通標識や道路標識は、実際には道路の脇や上に設置された標識であり、道路利用者に指示を与えたり情報を提供したりします。 初期の古代の兆候は、単純な木製または石のマイルストーンでした。

古代 (Kodai) ancient

Below are examples of Warning Signs in Japan. Warning signs (警戒標識, keikai-hyōshiki) warn drivers of dangers or situations that they must notice and pay attention to.

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