There are symbols that represent certain kinds of drivers in Japan. If you notice that a driver has one of these marks, please be a considerate driver and treat them with special care. Do not tailgate (follow too closely) or change lanes suddenly.
New drivers have to display the green and yellow beginner symbol (shoshinsha mark), also known as the young leaf symbol (wakaba mark).
Elderly drivers have to display the orange and yellow welfare symbol (fukushi mark), also known as the maple leaf symbol (momiji mark).
Drivers with DisabilitiesEdit
You have probably seen the accessibility symbol in various places around Tsukuba. Drivers with disabilities may display the blue and white wheelchair symbol (kurima isu mark), or the disabilities symbol, also know as the clover symbol (yotsuba mark).
Public buildings such as city hall offices and hospitals display this symbol along with some private enterprises such as supermarkets. Whenever you see this mark on a parking space, it means that the space is reserved for people with disabilities. Be a considerate driver and leave these spaces open for the people who need them. Keep in mind that even though the symbol shows a person in a wheelchair, it is meant to indicate all people with disabilities. People with certain medical conditions, such as heart disease, are also allowed to park in those spots. You may not be able to see a person's disability, so please be sensitive to drivers who park there.