Police in Japan are trying to coax elderly drivers from behind the wheel with offers of cheap meals, as the country confronts a worrying rise in accidents involving older motorists.
Under a scheme launched last week in Aichi prefecture in central Japan, elderly drivers will be given discounts on ramen noodles at 176 outlets of the Sugakiya restaurant chain, but only after they surrender their driver’s licence.
The move comes after the prime minister, Shinzo Abe, called for more action to address the steep rise in road accidents, some of them fatal, caused by drivers in the over-74 age group.
Although the overall number of traffic accidents has declined in recent years, those involving drivers aged 75 and over has risen from 7.4% to 12.8% over the last decade, according to the national police agency.
In a reflection of Japan’s rapidly ageing population, an estimated 17 million Japanese aged 65 or over hold driver’s …