"Under the new law, anyone caught driving without a license faces a fine of 500,000 yen and possible imprisonment for five years. Currently, the fine is 300,000 yen and the maximum prision term is one year. Passengers in vehicles driven by unlicensed drivers may also be fined up to 300,000 yen and jailed for up to two years...Anyone who hides a medical condition that may affect their driving when they apply for a license face a penalty of one year in jail and a fine of 300,000 yen...Under the new bill, causing death while driving drunk or as a result of a chronic condition, such as epilepsy, will also be punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment. Fleeing the scene of a traffic accident to escape a breathalyzer test will now incur a sentence of up to 12 years."
Source: New bill toughens penalties for dangerous driving
JUN. 08, 2013