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車の逆走

Postby katafei » Sun 09.20.2009 4:28 pm

http://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/modules/n ... yid=260096

I've been reading this bit of news for practice.
but I'm not sure I understand it correctly. Are there companies in Japan who run and own bits of highway?

高速道路会社6社と地方の公社3社の計9社が運営する全国の高速道路で確認された車の逆走は、データがある2002年から08年までの7年間で計7146件に上ることが20日、共同通信のまとめで分かった.

6 highwaycompanies and 3 of the nine other (smaller?) companies....
and then I think it's going on about cars backing up (車の逆走)? This I'm not sure about....and this backing up is the cause of all the accidents they are referring to in this article??
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Re: 車の逆走

Postby Oracle » Sun 09.20.2009 8:52 pm

逆走 means a vehicle is going the wrong along a street/road - against the traffic
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Re: 車の逆走

Postby chikara » Sun 09.20.2009 9:00 pm

katafei wrote:..... Are there companies in Japan who run and own bits of highway? .....

Yes. Some highways are privately owned and motorists pay a toll to use them.

katafei wrote:..... it's going on about cars backing up (車の逆走)? This I'm not sure about....and this backing up is the cause of all the accidents they are referring to in this article??

The article is about the incidence of accidents caused by motorists going the wrong way, not necessarily in reverse.
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Re: 車の逆走

Postby Mike Cash » Sun 09.20.2009 10:02 pm

I've had this happen to me about 5 or 6 times. Can't decide if it is more scary, more humorous, or more annoying.
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Re: 車の逆走

Postby furrykef » Mon 09.21.2009 12:10 am

A classic joke:

A man was driving down the freeway when his wife called his cell phone.
"Herman, I just heard on the news that there's a car going the wrong way on Route 280. Please be careful!"
"It's not just one car," said Herman, "It's hundreds of them!"
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Re: 車の逆走

Postby katafei » Mon 09.21.2009 11:49 am

Okay, thanks, that makes a lot more sense....
I was wondering why all these people were driving backwards on the highway :mrgreen:
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Re: 車の逆走

Postby Harisenbon » Thu 09.24.2009 12:29 am

chikara wrote:
katafei wrote:..... Are there companies in Japan who run and own bits of highway? .....

Yes. Some highways are privately owned and motorists pay a toll to use them.


I was under the impression that almost all highways were privately owned (ever since Nexco became a private company, like the Post Office). I occasionally see local-government run highways, but they are usually much smaller in scale.
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Re: 車の逆走

Postby Mike Cash » Thu 09.24.2009 8:10 am

Harisenbon wrote:
chikara wrote:
katafei wrote:..... Are there companies in Japan who run and own bits of highway? .....

Yes. Some highways are privately owned and motorists pay a toll to use them.


I was under the impression that almost all highways were privately owned (ever since Nexco became a private company, like the Post Office). I occasionally see local-government run highways, but they are usually much smaller in scale.


It would probably be well to nail down our terminology. It would seem you are thinking about tollways/expressways. There are oodles and oodles of national highways (国道) and prefectural highways (県道).
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Re: 車の逆走

Postby Harisenbon » Thu 09.24.2009 7:50 pm

Mike Cash wrote:It would probably be well to nail down our terminology. It would seem you are thinking about tollways/expressways. There are oodles and oodles of national highways (国道) and prefectural highways (県道).


Ahh, 国道... I never even consider those HIghways because they really just seem like any other road (plus the fact that they're so ubiquitous). When I see highway, I always think of 高速道路.

NEXCO is also not very clear on what their English terminology is. Officially the 高速道路 is called an "Expressway" but then they refer to it as a "Highway" in all of their campaigns and promotional materials. :/
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Re: 車の逆走

Postby Endo » Fri 09.25.2009 6:30 pm

Highway, expressway, freeway, when I see 「高速道路」, I just see high-speed road :lol:
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