This is how hard it is to get a driver’s license in Japan

This is how hard it is to get a driver’s license in Japan

Today, we’re here at Sankyo Driving School,
Fujisawa City, Kanagawa Prefecture. Look, here are the cars It’s a special car customized for driving school. The passenger side has the brake pedal for the instructors. Here, we have a stoplight, a railway, practice areas for motorcycles, it’s all there. Even the areas where you practice parking, it’s there. For the driving school, 8,000 square meters is the requirement. I have a feeling this is 15,000 square meters
or even larger. So, they have 50+ units, 20+ instructors,
then almost 2,000 students every year. This is where they study how to drive and
get their license. We are here in Fuji Driver School Let’s see what their program is on how to get a driving license in Japan. Let’s go! So if you want to enroll in the driving school this is the first step, have your eyes checked. They have an indicator and if you fail, you
can’t enroll. So now, Elaine’s checking if she can enroll. This is an aptitude test. So on the day of enrollment, you take this
aptitude test. It contains things like these. This is the feedback sheet. This is where you can see your weaknesses, for example, you’re weak on focus or on decision making. So before the lecture and driving practice
starts, you should know, depending on the results of the test, ‘oh I’m a little
weak on focus, my eyes are a little blurry. Okay, I’m going to be careful so that I
don’t get in an accident or whatnot.’ So, everyone needs to take the aptitude test
before they can start attending lectures and driving practice. Within nine months, you should already complete
everything in the curriculum and take the license exam in the license center. Nine months is their limit. So if you go past nine months, you have to
enroll again, and that’s difficult because the tuition is quite expensive. Their tuition for motorcycle riding, in peso,
is around P85,000-P90,000. For car driving, P150,000, more or less, P150,000. So of course, even for Japanese people, the
tuition is kind of expensive, so you really need to finish the course within nine months. So this is the First-Aid Classroom. Training is three hours, that’s part of
the curriculum. One lecture and two hours of this, actual
practice. It’s mandatory even for motorcycle, car,
all students need to take three hours of first-aid class. So this is Motorcycle-Driving Simulator Room and this is the simulator. Now, it’s set as a scooter, as an automatic-transmission motorcycle. This is my instructor, so he will decide what program I’m going to take. Actually, the simulator is for four hours. For motorcycles, we practice only inside the driving school. So here in the simulator is where we get to practice outside, like city driving. So two categories, one is legal driving technique and the other one is risk management. Whatever is expected to happen on the streets, you’ll practice here. This seat right here, there, scooter, but
we can change it for solo, single motorcycle seat. So this is a driving simulator. Now, what this does is expressway practice. For example, before students go on the expressway, they practice here first. Sometimes, in expressway training, it rains or it snows. This isn’t just for students, even those
with professional licenses use this. So there are different situations, like this,
expressway. There is also risk management. So you can choose depending on your curriculum. For cars, there are two types of licenses:
Automatic Transmission and Manual Transmission. So both of them require lectures and actual driving practice. Students must complete 34 hours of lectures and 34 hours of actual driving practice. They attend the lecture first, then get a
few hours on the simulator, then they can proceed into the driving school to learn driving position, how to go straight, reverse, parking, passing through the railway, there are sections of the railway, S-Turn. They have to learn first the basics here in
the driving school, then after that, they take an exam for a temporary driving license. When they acquire their temporary license, then they can go outside. So practice actual driving outside driving
school. When they’re done with the curriculum, which is 34 hours of lectures and 34 hours actual driving practice, they will take the exam: actual driving exam and written exam here in the driving school. When they’re all cleared, Certificate of
Graduation then they can take a written exam in the license center. So that’s the procedure. What else? Did we miss anything… In Japan, we have four categories of a motorcycle license. One is below 125cc, one is below 400cc, 400 above, then automatic transmission. So they have 17 hours practice inside the
driving school, and they practice with their instructors all the techniques: How to handle and control the motorcycle, how to carve, how to make balance, everything. Then after 17 hours, they will have a final
test, which is straight—balancing like you’re passing through a narrow bridge, then they also have a slalom S-Turn bumpy-road balancing You should be standing on the bike
then you balance on a bumpy road. So after all the exams, they have a final
test. So if you graduate from the driving school, you are exempted from the actual driving test. In 1970, a lot died in traffic accidents. 17,000 people died in accidents. Last year, 2018, less than 4,000. So in 60 years, there has been a 70% decrease in the number of traffic accidents with casualties. So what was the switch? I’ve asked instructors, owners of driving
schools, and the association. The switch with that was education. Education and discipline. I think that we have potential, bit by bit,
bit by bit. It’s not a comparison, it doesn’t mean
that Japan is better. I just think that maybe we can have an idea on how to improve the Filipino driving manner and skill and how to improve the traffic situation in the Philippines. I hope you get some idea And I know we can do it, We can really do it. Thank you very much and arigato gozaimashita.

About the Author: Michael Flood


  1. Rice, sana nga lahat mag-aral muna. Dito sa atin simpling turn signal lang di pa alam gamitin. Pero at least my potential pa daw.

  2. Amazing technology coupled with stringent enforcement of driving laws and regulations. These lessons must be benchmark by the Philippine government. This is quality at its finest.

  3. Excellent video. Same standards as other first world countries I've been in. Treating a Car and a Motorcycle license as if you are flying a tiny plane and attaining an airplane license. This is the only way to prevent traffic and accidents in Manila but still before they implement this in the PH, they should first resolve the mass transit problem by using train technology standards similar in Tokyo's train Infrastructure and the Shinkansen for region to region travel that way driving would be a novelty rather than a necessity.

  4. dito sa pinas, wala ng training traning, kuha agad ng lisensya yung mga kamote riders. Take note yung actual driving exam dito yung papaikutin ka lang sa oval ground which di ma measure yung driving skill pag ganun lang. Dapat dito magtayo talaga ng comprehensive driving school at doon agad bigyan ng grading ang isang driver para ma referral as LTO na smart/good driver yung mag apply ng license.

  5. Maganda sana kung ung mga bagong kukuha palang ng lisensiya ganito din ang pagdadaanan tapos ung mga may lisensiya na kelangang bumalik sa pagexam para malaman kung marunong talaga silang magdrive. Pero ang Pinoy siyempre may mga ayaw maburaot gusto mabilisan lahat. Kaya nga naimbento ang suhol eh.

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