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Minor traffic violations in Japan are often punished with a fine and do not usually result in an appearance in court.  After the traffic violation, the driver will receive a blue Traffic Violation Ticket and a Fine Payment Bill.  If the fine is paid within 8 days, the case is closed. 

Failure pay the fine within 8 days will result in another notice to pay, upon which 11 further days will be granted to pay the fine.  If the fine is still not paid within 11 days of the notice, the driver will receive a summons to appear in court.

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