Japan to raise speed limit for sections of some expressways for first time

The National Police Agency (NPA) plans to revise traffic regulation standards to raise the speed limit on some sections of expressways from 100 kilometers per hour to 120 kph, it was learned Wednesday.

It would the first time for expressway speed limits to be raised in the country.

The new standards will be applied to sections of expressways that are designed to be safe even when used at 120 kph and have low accident rates. Large trucks will be excluded from the change and will continue to be required to drive at below 80 kph.