Going for Gold
I had the day off today and I needed to run to the police station to renew my Japanese driver's license... I'm going for gold!
I was very surprised when I finally found the building. Clearly the Driver's License Department got the short end of the budgeting stick.
In Japan... you fill out the forms, get an eye test and pay the fee same as I did in America but then I need to listen to a 10 minute lecture, review 3 books and watch a 16 minute video...and then the facilitator will hand you your license.
I am now a 'Gold Driver'... If you have had no accidents/violation of traffic rules in the past 5 years you get a gold card. My first few years of driving in Japan were not this good resulting in a few half day 'bad driver' courses so happy to be 'Gold'. I'll be very happy if I never have to take that course again.
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