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69-year-old man who hasn’t had license for 20 years arrested in hit-and-run

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Police in Osaka have arrested a 69-year-old man for reckless driving resulting in injury after he hit a 70-year-old man on a bicycle and left the scene.

According to police, Koichi Higashimura, who is a carpenter, had his driver’s license revoked 20 years ago. He was quoted by police as saying he fled the scene after hitting the cyclist because he didn’t want to be caught driving without a license, Fuji TV reported.

The cyclist sustained minor injuries.

Higashimura’s car was identified through street surveillance camera footage

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There was a similar case last year too. The fact that this joker and others can get away with driving without a license for decades doesn’t bode well for the passive policing of the J-cops.

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The fact that this joker and others can get away with driving without a license for decades doesn’t bode well for the passive policing of the J-cops.

The problem is the arbitrary and inconsistent enforcement of road traffic laws. The streets of Tokyo and Kyoto in particular are crawling with cop cars, both marked and unmarked, and unless your driving is impeccable, there is a very good chance regular drivers will be ticketed at some point. I've spoken to a couple of retired cops about this and they even admit as much!

Other places, less so, and it's possible to stay under the radar for years at a time. See the case in point.

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Yes another case of old age driving accident, this time criminal. They cannot take is DL away since he does not have one. He needs to be locked up.

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I am wondering why this man haven't renewed his driver's license for past 20 years. Eldery driver should be more careful on driving because driving skill would definitely go down when you age.

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So periodic retesting and prohibiting driving by the elderly won't do a thing if they just feel like they want to keep driving anyway

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sensei258

So periodic retesting and prohibiting driving by the elderly won't do a thing if they just feel like they want to keep driving anyway

So, do nothing?

Had he not been involved in a hit-and-run, he'd still be driving today. Hate to say this but as a tax payer in Japan, I feel pretty short-changed by the cops here.

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Well if my math is correct, he would have been 49 the last time he renewed so that would eliminate the “I am old and forgot “ excuse!

maybe he didn’t get the postcards :-/

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I think having one's license revoked means you cannot go and renew it because, well, you don't have a license. That is probably a permanent situation.

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Throw him in jail. 30 year sentence. He knew it was illegal for him to drive. Should've been taking the bus.

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“had his driver’s license revoked 20 years ago.”

There’s the clue right there as to why he didn’t renew his license.

As for policing policy, what is it people want? Constant poluce blockades everywhere for checking people’s licenses? I’m sure we’d hear a lot of complaints about the “draconian police state” if that were to happen. Driving violations or accidents will bring some of the licenseless to light and justice but beyond that how far do we want to go in hopes of catching them all?

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I think my comments are always voted down just because I am a Japanese woman. I have been terribly offended.I just wanted to improve my English writing because you see that I am non-native English speaker.I will never ever leave comments in here again and tell all Japanese that this news website is mainly for foreign men.

Thanks.

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@Yoshiko

I'm sorry you feel that way, but I truly don't think that's why you've been voted down. Lots of men get voted down to pieces here, and as a woman, I've experienced both sides. I think people probably just do not agree with you, that's all there is to it.

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@Yoshiko

Also, looking at your comments, this seems to be the only time you're in the negative. That's hardly evidence people dislike you because of your nationality and gender.

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@Yoshiko Euchida

I think my comments are always voted down just because I am a Japanese woman. I have been terribly offended.I just wanted to improve my English writing because you see that I am non-native English speaker.I will never ever leave comments in here again and tell all Japanese that this news website is mainly for foreign men

Your comment was voted down by only two people at present........ Are you joking?

@Educator60 even took the time to directly address your question in your first comment..... you can't renew a license if you don't have one.......

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Educator60

Constant? No. And no-one suggested that, straw man. An occasional stop for a license, sobriety, registration or roadworthiness check? Occasional as in, maybe once every TWENTY YEARS? Sounds reasonable to me.

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@Nasubi

Sorry. You're right. I got too emotional.Maybe bit stressed out today. Yep. My comment was voted down by only two people. I had better refrain from leaving comments because I need more improvements on my writing to avoid misunderstanding.

Thank you.

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RiskyMosaicToday  06:04 pm JST

“Constant? No. And no-one suggested that, straw man. An occasional stop for a license, sobriety, registration or roadworthiness check? Occasional as in, maybe once every TWENTY YEARS? Sounds reasonable to me.”

I doubt if anyone would complain about being stopped every twenty years. Earlier you said you feel “pretty short-changed by the cops here.” So I’m assuming you want checks to be quite a bit more frequent than they are now. Thing is I don’t know if we have any way of knowing how often on average your normal non-violating, non-accident involved driver gets stopped at random for such a check. What’s the current average? Is it less or more than 20 years?

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Educator60

Fair. I’d imagine that any data would be purely anecdotal. In my case, I’ve been driving legally in Japan for 14 years and I’ve never been stopped for any reason. In my home country, it was closer to once every two years or so; random breath testing, rego/wof checks and the like, during which I was asked to produce my license or evidence thereof.

Personally, the less I have to do with cops the better, but I honestly think that the police in Japan don’t work particularly hard.

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Back on topic please.

@Jonorth

I just took the whole thing in negative way and jumped to the conclusion that I was rejected.I'm sure you are more mature than me.

Keep up the good work!

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