Voices in Japan

Breaking the Biking Laws in Japan

March 24, 2021 Episode 111
Voices in Japan
Breaking the Biking Laws in Japan
Show Notes

Ben and Burke discuss the myriad laws for bicycling in Japan, which very few people know well, and almost everyone ignores. How many of the laws do you know, and are you aware of the very stiff penalties (including jail time!) that can be applied? Do you agree with the reasons for why Ben and Burke tend to ignore some of the laws? And why the heck do so many foreigners in Sapporo choose to buy expensive mountain bikes when a simple "mamachari" (granny bicycle) will suffice for daily life?  And did you know there is a secret plot brewing in Japan against gaijin and their simple-minded cutlery? Listen to this episode to find out more about that and all of the juicy details about two-wheeling criminals and life in Japan.

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