Why Does Japan Drive Left Side of the Road?

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Japan Drive Left Side of the Road


Japan Drive on the Left Side of the Road:
Japan was never part of the British Empire, its traffic also keeps to the left. This practice goes back to the Edo period (1603-1867) when Samurai ruled the country (same sword and scabbard deal as before), but it wasn’t until 1872 that this unwritten rule became official.

That was the year when Japan’s first railway was introduced. Three countries approached the Japanese government to help them build a railway system. These three countries were America, France, and Britain. In the end, Britain won out. In 1872 the first Japanese railway was up and running thanks to the British.

A massive network of railways spread out from there, all of which were left-side running. And as we all know, Japan loves its trains. If American or French railways had been built instead, Japan would probably be driving on the right side of the road today.

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