What happens if you drink and drive in Japan?

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Japan takes security seriously. So much so that there it is easier to die taking a bath in an ofurô (bathtub) than in a traffic accident. There the rules are followed by hook or by crook.

Drinking and driving is stupid in any country, and it has resulted in countless accidents and deaths. In Japan this rarely happens because the punishment is severe. People often think before driving drunk. In this article, we'll see why it's 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.

What happens if you drink and drive in japan?

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

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

don't let anyone drink

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


Even the owner of the bar is obliged to call a taxi or pay a fine. in Japan there is Daikou Unten, a company that provides a service similar to that of the taxi. 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 reckless drivers.

Some establishments already have people qualified for this service among their employees. Or they are responsible for contacting you for your safety.

This is one of the big reasons why traffic accidents don't happen in Japan, whoever does things wrong ends up with huge losses. This should serve as an example for Brazil and other countries, and also for you to think carefully before driving drunk.

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