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(From International Herald Tribune (Herald Asahi))
The Asahi Shimbun Tight budgets and road safety may be on a collision course that is already costing the nation dearly in human lives
With 1,700 kilometers of two-lane highways criss-crossing the country that are not divided by medians, the risk of head-on collision is high
Eleven lives were lost in two crashes in Fukushima and Gifu prefectures on July 27. Both accidents were on so-called provisional lanes, which are often temporary and slated to be expanded to four-lane highways
Despite the hazard, there is no quick fix for what amounts to nearly 20 percent of the nation's highways
``A change in plans from the drawing board is necessary to ensure vehicles will not spin out onto the oncoming lane,'' said Takeshi Kondo, president of Japan Highway …