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4-year-old boy hit, killed by bus; driver arrested

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A four-year-old boy died after he was hit by a bus in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward on Sunday. The bus driver, Toshihiro Miyazawa, 51, has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving resulting in death.

According to police, the accident occurred at an intersection in Ichigaya at around 3 p.m., Fuji TV reported. The boy, Gen Shuto, was walking on the crossing with one of his parents when he was hit by the back of the bus turning right.

Police said the boy was declared dead at the scene of the accident.

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Bus driver had poor judgement on knowing how far the back of the bus extended while turning.

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Wow! I’m guessing the 4 year old wasn’t walking too closely to his parent. A four year old should have his hand held while crossing the road. I’m also guessing the bus drove through the intersection while people were on the crossing. Dumb and dumber results in the death of another small child in Japan.

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Do the hustleToday  05:07 pm JST

Wow! I’m guessing the 4 year old wasn’t walking too closely to his parent. A four year old should have his hand held while crossing the road. I’m also guessing the bus drove through the intersection while people were on the crossing. Dumb and dumber results in the death of another small child in Japan.

"I'm guessing" is all you can do given that there is little information in the report and you weren't there to see what happened.

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Imagine the poor parents who had to look at that sight

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Why couldn't the parents have waited for the bus to fully pass before getting onto the crosswalk, more than likely they were in a blindspot.

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At that age the parents should have been holding the kids hands. If the kid got away and got hit, it's as much an accident on their part as it is the driver's.

I wish we'd get follow-ups on what happens to all of these drivers that get arrested. They can't all be at fault and I'd like to know that they don't all get prison time for ACCIDENTS that were as much the pedestrian's fault as their own. They're ACCIDENTS after all.

Thoughts to the boy's family, the driver and the driver's family. Horrible situation for everyone!

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For the rear of the bus to swing out, the driver had to be moving at a fast clip. Bad habit that finally caught up with him in a tragic way.

Bus Drivers seem not to penalized for turning into occupied crosswalks. I have experienced this both in China and Japan. Do pedestrians not have right of way in these nation where crosswalks are controlled with a lighted signal?

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The boy walked into the back of the bus, which he hit his head on, fell down and hit his head on the road surface?

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Do pedestrians not have right of way in these nation where crosswalks are controlled with a lighted signal?

If the driver is learning with a teacher in the car, yes.

If the driver has passed his/her driving test, no.

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Vehicles in Japan should be forbidden from crossing over pedestrian crossings when pedestrians are still using them. Yes, even when they're turning left.

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In my town, the city bus drivers drive quite carefully and "politely" for lack of a better word. I wonder if this was a private bus line, or maybe not even a commuter bus at all, but some private shuttle for a health club, cram school, etc?

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No Judgement till investigation is done"

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Sure the bus driver killed the boy but what were the parents doing???

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Everyone is quick to blame but in truth, there is something called moral luck and bad luck. having kids is hard just like driving a bus involves microsecond decisions. People make errors every day, even people you will say have spotless character. This is sad for everyone involved, even the bus driver who also has to live with something horrible beyond imagination.

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What about the bus driver's side? Surely there are 2 sides to a story!

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Why couldn't the parents have waited for the bus to fully pass before getting onto the crosswalk, more than likely they were in a blindspot.

RGCIVILIAN1 - The law states that traffic should give way to pedestrians on the crosswalk, hence the arrest of the driver. Japanese pedestrian crossings are useless because traffic simply does not stop for people who are about to cross. I don't understand why the police don't patrol these areas. It is so dangerous that I feel it is safer to jaywalk as at least you know that you are responsible for your own safety and will be more aware of your surroundings, as compared to being in your so called 'safety zone' and being oblivious to the dangers of using a pedestrian crossing.

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Sounds like the bus driver made the turn too early on a green and the tail end of the bus hit the child from the inside because there wasn't enough clearance. People do it all the time...You know, Rush the turn when people are still on the crosswalk.

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Poor little fellow, and his parents must be shattered.

With the lack of information provided it's hard to lay blame. But this sure is a sobering reminder for us parents to keep a very close eye on our young kids when out.

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