I. Japanese domestic vehicle use
The United Nation’s “Report of the seminar on engineering and traffic aspects of highway safety” was published in 1958 by the Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East. There are a few interesting figures related to Japan:
Japan vehicle registrations 1955, 1960, 1965:
The total number of vehicles increased from 1.4 million to 3.7 million between 1955 and 1965.(1) This makes sense, as Japan’s post-war economic growth didn’t begin in earnest until 1955.
II. Japanese auto industry
The data above got me interested in Japan’s auto industry, which brought me to this impressive chart.(2) Japan’s auto industry ramped-up at a brisk rate throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s, reaching maturity in the 1980’s.
Japanese car exports to the United States, 1960-1988
Also of interest is this chart showing an increase in automotive production outside Japan between 1990 and 1995.(3)
Japanese Automotive Industry’s Productive Capacity in the United States, Europe, and Japan
And I am amused by the graphic.(4)
III. Rail and Buses
More from the UN report…
Number of Passenger Transported, 1935-1956 (Railways and Buses) (5)
And more from the UN
Origin and destination survey in Tokyo (6)
Unfortunately, I don’t remember which year this is for. Perhaps sometime in the 1950s, as the UN report was published in 1958. These lines generally correlate to the existence of rail lines (though I’m disappointed that they did not draw-in the routes of more than a handful of rail lines like the JR Yamanote loop line in the center of the map).
- (1)(5)(6) “Report of the Seminar on Engineering and Traffic Aspects of Highway Safety ” (Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East. Documents. E/CN.11/486.) Unknown Binding – 1958, by
- (2) “World Metal Demand: Trends and Prospects“, by John E. Tilton
- (3)(4) “The Japanese automotive industry: recent developments and future competitive outlook“, by Lin, C. (1994) (PDF)