What happens if you drink and drive in Japan?

Japan takes security seriously. So much so that it is easier there to die taking a bath in a hot tub (bathtub) than in a car accident. There the rules are followed for better or worse.

Drinking and driving is stupid in any country, and has resulted in countless accidents and deaths. In Japan, this is rarely the case because the punishment is severe. People think many times before driving drunk. In this article, we will see why it is not a good idea to drive drunk in Japan.

What happens if I get caught?

There are many consequences for those who are drunk driving in Japan. First, their driver's license is suspended. If you are caught with more than 0.15mg of alcohol, you could be sentenced to 3 years in prison and pay a fine of 500,000 yen, which is equivalent to 16,000 reais.

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If you are caught driving drunk and intoxicated of alcohol, your sentence could be up to 5 years in prison and a fine of 1,000,000 yen, which is equivalent to 32,000 reais.

  • Alcohol content from 0.15mg / l to 0.25mg / l: 13 points and suspension of the driver's license for 90 days;
  • Alcohol content above 0.25mg / l: 25 points and cancellation of the driving license.
    The driver will be unable to take a new license for 2 years;

Caused a fatal accident: If the driver is drunk, and caused an accident, he may lose his license for up to 7 years, or be arrested for up to 15 years.

Don't let anyone drink

In addition, if you let someone drink and drive, you will be held responsible. If you encourage someone to drink, or are in the car with a drunk driving, you will pay the same sentences as him.


Even the bar owner is obliged to call a taxi or pay a fine. In Japan, there is Daikou Unten, a company that provides a taxi-like service. Where 2 people are responsible for taking you home, one takes the car safely, and the other takes care of your arrival with the taxi, so everyone wins, and no bar owner will need to pay a fine for careless drivers.

Some establishments already have employees qualified for this service. Or they are responsible to contact you for your safety.

This is one of the biggest reasons for no traffic accidents in Japan, whoever does things wrong ends up with giant losses. This should serve as an example to Brazil and other countries, and it also helps you to think carefully, before driving drunk.

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