Strange Traffic Light 変わった信号機 

First time to see a traffic light like this.

Green arrows pointing in all three directions, but still the main stop light is red.  It took us some time to figure out why.

Then we found that the main red light is just to indicate that cars coming from the opposite direction have a red light. Cars on our side can go in any direction, left, right, or straight.  If we see a green main light on our side, we don’t know if the light is red or green on the other side so if we want to turn right we have to give priority to cars coming the other way.

Is this only in Tochigi or in any other prefecture?