Labornet Japan: Deregulation is the cause of the Kan-etsu Highway Accident Hold the Ministry of Transport responsible for the accident!: "
April 29 dawn, a midnight long-distance bus crushed onto the guardrail of the Kan-etsu Highway, killing 7 passengers. Safety Research Issue Group holds the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism responsible for the accident. It goes without saying that the cause for the incident is the deregulation of transport in 2000. It allowed anyone to enter the passenger bus business, easing the requirements to possession of more than 5 buses and a rest station for drivers. As a result, many small passenger bus companies sprung up, compelling the business to further cost cutting competition. The tragic outcome of the race was the Azumino Tourism Bus Accident in February 2007, causing deaths and injuries of 27 ski tourists. (KOKUTETSU Ko, Safety Research Issue Group) "
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