Until recently, 83 year-old-old Michiko Takada, a widow living in the city of Beppu in southern Japan, led an active life. The retiree volunteered as a "citizen teacher"for home economics classes at local middle schools. All this changed when the former dietitian injured her leg last summer and decided to surrender her driver's license, a move the government has promoted to curb a rise in accidents among elderly drivers.

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