Expressway Closure for Osaka G-20 Summit Stirring Concern


Osaka, June 15 (Jiji Press)--A planned expressway closure for the Group of 20 summit in Osaka on June 28-29 is giving rise to concern about its impact on local businesses and people's daily lives.

Sections totaling 160 kilometers on the Hanshin Expressway will be closed for four days from June 27 to secure clear routes for participants to the G-20 summit in the western Japan city.

The meeting will bring together leaders and other officials of a total of 37 countries and organizations. The closure will facilitate their travel from hotels to the meeting venue on the man-made island of Sakishima in the Osaka Bay area.

The daily traffic volume on the expressway sections totals some 450,000 vehicles. To prevent serious traffic congestion on other local roads, the Osaka prefectural police are asking citizens not to drive during the four-day period.

But a survey by the police in early May found that 24 pct were planning to drive during the period, up 8 percentage points from December last year. Most of them cited reasons related to work.

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