Special adhesives used on vehicles in Japan

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In Japan, drivers use specific stickers to indicate a situation. Some of these stickers are mandatory and serve to indicate whether the person is a new driver, disabled, elderly, etc.

These stickers are usually placed in front and behind cars. In this article we will go into details and learn a little more about these stickers. The Japan Channel our daily made a video talking a little about these stickers, you can watch below:

Sticker for beginner drivers

In Japan, when you take your driver's license, it is mandatory to use this green and yellow sign for 1 year, to show that the person is a new driver. So the other drivers give a little more space and have a little patience with the novice.

The official name of this tag is shoshinuntenshahyoushiki [初心運転者標識] which literally means “brand new driver”. This brand is also known as wakaba māku [若葉マーク] which literally means “Green leaf mark” is even written with the character “若” which means young, this means that you are still inexperienced in traffic.

The interesting thing is that some people, even after 1 year, prefer to leave the sticker on the car to gain more advantage in traffic. Some do cute things, gluing various stickers in different positions.

Others even use this sticker on other automobiles like bicycles, some objects, I even saw them on horses. Wakaba has become a universal symbol for beginners. 

The penalty for not having the sticker is 4,000 yen and one point in the wallet. In addition, when driving and viewing a car with this sticker, it will be prohibited to pass under penalty of a fine of 5,000 to 7,000 yen and one point in the wallet.

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Sticker for Elderly People

People over 70 are encouraged to use a sticker called Kōreiuntenshahyōshiki [高齢運転者標識] which literally means “Elderly driver brand”. The sticker is also called momiji

Over the years, with old age people get a little confused in traffic, this sticker serves to indicate to other drivers to have a little more care and patience with the elderly.

In addition, this sticker has other benefits, such as spaces reserved for the elderly. Just as the Japanese call the beginner's sticker green leaf, the senior's sticker has earned several names like: Autumn leaves, dry leaves or falling leaves.

This sticker gained a new version in 2011 with the appearance of a 4-leaf clover. In the past it was similar to the beginners' sticker, it was a drop with orange and yellow colors.

Special adhesives used on vehicles in japan

Sticker for people with physical disabilities

Japan accepts the universal symbol of the disabled, that wheelchair design. But Japan also has an original symbol, a blue sticker with a white heart-shaped clover with an umbrella stem.

Its name is 身体障害者標識 (shintaishōgaishahyōshiki) and literally means “etiquette for the disabled” and covers a larger area than the universal wheelchair symbol.

The penalty for not having the sticker is 4,000 yen and one point in the wallet. In addition, when driving and viewing a car with this sticker, it will be prohibited to pass under penalty of a fine of 5,000 to 7,000 yen and one point in the wallet.

Special adhesives used on vehicles in japan

Sticker for people with hearing disease

In addition to the general disability label, Japan has an exclusive for the hearing impaired. A green tag with a yellow butterfly. She is known as chōkaku shōgai-sha hyōshiki [聴覚障害者標識] which literally means “etiquette for the hearing impaired”.

Why the butterfly symbol? In Japanese the word butterfly is pronounced “cho” as is the word hearing (Chōkaku) or the word hearing impaired (Chōkakushō).

There is no penalty for not having this sticker. If a car overtakes another with this sticker, it can carry a fine of 5,000 to 7,000 yen and a point in the wallet.

Training Sticker - Renshuuchuu

A white sticker filled with Japanese words with a yellow stripe looking like a sign serves to indicate that someone is training in driving. This helps drivers to be more patient, it is not a mandatory license plate.

This article shows how much Japan cares about driver safety. I hope you enjoyed the article, share it so people know about this security tactic.

If you live in Japan, these signs or stickers can be found even in 100 yen stores. Some are made to nail in the car, it may be better to find the stickers on an online website or specialized store.

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