While road systems in European countries and the U.S. made progress in earlier periods, the development of a road system in Japan has been very slow, mainly due to its geography (rough mountainous terrains, volcanic soil, etc.). One of the factors which brought about progress is the adoption in 1952 of a toll-road system. Another factor is the utilization since 1954 of the gasoline tax, the funds from which were used solely for the road improvement. As a result of such measures, considerable improvement has been attained so that the motorized vehicle has come to occupy the main means of land transportation, which has long been dominated by the railroad. Roads in Japan are classified into four categories by law: (1) National Motorway; (2) National Road; (3) Prefectural Road; (4) Municipal Road.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Japan Highway Public Corporation

    3-3-2, Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku
    Tokyo, 100,   Japan 
  • Publication Date: 1993


  • English

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  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: 44 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00675606
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 6 1995 12:00AM