How Japan Built Cities That Kids Can Walk In

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In Japan, children have an unusual degree of independence. At an early age, Japanese children can make trips on foot without the presence of an adult; they walk to school, buy groceries from neighbourhood shops, and run errands by the time they are 7 years old. This is possible because Japan’s culture believes children should be able to get around by themselves, and this informs their policies. For example, Japan requires car buyers to show proof of off-road parking, keeping cars off the road and making pedestrians visible to drivers. Read full article here

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