A retired Japanese expert on traffic has spent almost one month staying put at a bridge in central Vietnam’s Da Nang City, in hopes that his meticulous records and study will help improve the country’s traffic, which may scare off many foreigners when they first arrive, and minimize fatality in road accidents. In the past one month, Saito Takeshi, 69, one of Japan’s leading experts on traffic, has stood at Tran Phu- Le Duan intersection at one end of the bridge over the Han River – one of Da Nang City’s icons. From 4am to 8.30pm day in day out, the retired expert braves the elements, even in rainy weather, to measure, take notes and snap photos of the passing traffic. Takeshi, who hails from Saitama Urawa, Japan, retired nine years ago. During those years, he has spent time in Hanoi and Da Nang studying the country’s traffic. Tran Phu – Le Duan intersection is part of the Da Nang Traffic Information Platform (DTRIP), a project to improve urban traffic conditions. Technically supported by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and launched in April 2014, the project aims to enhance the capacity to assess urban traffic management and cater to the central city’s demand for development orientation. Takeshi’s job is to monitor and make records of the traffic at the intersection. His accurate records and calculations will be based on to produce an algorithm which can cause the monitor cameras to automatically swap the traffic signs dependant on the traffic volume….