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Nationwide traffic deaths on slow pace

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The number of fatalities from traffic accidents in Japan this year has topped 1,000, showing the slowest pace on record, the National Police Agency said Monday.

The number reached 1,003 on Sunday, exceeding the 1,000 threshold nine days later than last year, when the pace was the slowest since 1970, the start of the currently available statistics.

Aichi Prefecture had the largest number of fatalities, with 54, followed by Saitama with 53, and Hyogo with 48.

The prefecture with the fewest number of traffic accident deaths was Akita with four. It was followed by Tokushima and Saga, both with seven.Speech

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