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92-year-old driver ordered to pay ¥140 mil over fatal Tokyo crash

In Japan money solve problem

sparked a debate on elderly drivers in rapidly graying Japan.+

We can see more and more accident in the future.

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Everyone over 70 years of age needs to prove their reaction time and ability to drive

New laws please!

What are the politicians waiting for?

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I doubt the family members will receive any money.

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Furthermore, the defendant "did not even try to offer an apology and continued with unreasonable excuses until the ruling in the criminal case was handed down," said Presiding Judge Kaoru Hirayama.

Classic overly proud, ruling-class man-baby who has never been humbled in his entire life. Glad to see the rare occasion that a judge did side with the weak in Japan.

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Five years for someone dying? Ridiculous. Is it because he was so old? If so, why should age have anything to do with a sentence?

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It's perfectly fine for a 75 year old to drive in the countryside or even in the clear, wide roads of some japanese capitals.

A 92 year old driving around Ikebukuro where even experienced, young drivers have a hard time to navigate due to constantly changing lanes etc? A recipe for disaster.

Besides, it seems many (mostly old?) people are unaware of google maps etc.'s automatic rerouting function in case you take the wrong path, I see this almost every week, people literally stopping the traffic and endangering people's lives by doing an illegal u-turn or changing lanes way too late when they could have perfectly proceeded in the wrong path and get rerouted a few secs later, it takes it literally +20~30 seconds of your life

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70 is not too old to drive. over 90 most certainly is.

The defendant is a classic D/B irrespective of his age.

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I hope the bereaved gets his money, i.e., I hope the authorities ensure the perp pays up, seizing assets or whatever else is necessary. His behaviour so far has been as far from "cooperative" as you can get.

This amount of damages is unprecedented in Japan. The idea of punitive damages does not really exist here. It is because the perp has been in total denial over what he did.

I also hope Toyota sue the guy for him repeatedly blaming his Prius car, not his own actions. If there is such a thing as an association of elderly drivers, they could sue him as well for giving them all a bad name.

RIP to the lady and child.

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Rest in peace Mrs Matsunaga and little Riko..

I hope Mr Matsunaga will find some way to rebuild his life.

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Five years in prison for a 87-year old man. He may not be able to last out his sentence. But that’s just as well. With that amount of damages to pay, he’ll be penniless if he ever gets out.

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That will help ease Matsunaga san's loss. Money can never make up for the loss of a loved one, especially a spouse and child. But it will help.

I have always thought that this was a case of road rage. That perhaps Iizuka was stopped at a Seibu-Ikebukuro Sen RR crossing for a while before he got to Ikebukuro and when the light changed to red in Ikebukuro he lost control of his temper and plowed right through the red light and the innocent pedestrians.

At any rate glad to see that the wise judge ruled in favor of Matsunaga san.

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sakurasukiToday  06:24 am JST

92-year-old driver ordered to pay ¥140 mil over fatal Tokyo crash

In Japan money solve problem

In every country in the world that has a civilized judicial system matters of damages is solved by money. Japan is just one of those countries.

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Good. The old animal should have paid much, much more. Should have lost everything he owned.

i hope and pray the scum expires in prison.

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Yes he should pay 140 million yen! To each victim !! Have his car rubbished!! and only go to a resting place on leaving prison.

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Hope it bankrupts him.

I remember reading that immediately after the crash instead of calling for an ambulance he called his son to start arranging for a “get out of jail free”card.

He had no remorse at all.

One of those self-entitled oyaji you see everywhere.

Hope the auto company sues him for defamation as well.

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kurisupisuToday 06:57 am JST

Everyone over 70 years of age needs to prove their reaction time and ability to drive

New laws please!

This is already the case, when you are 70+ old and need to renew your driving license.

I am now 71 and I received a postcard about 6 months before my driving license expired in August this year.

I had to book a date for my senior driver course, this includes a careful eye-test, a renewal course 60 minutes and driving a car for about 20 minutes around at the driving license office with an instructor.

75+ old people have to undergo additionally a cognitive function test.

https://www.npa.go.jp/policies/application/license_renewal/ninti/index2.htm

in Japanese:

https://www.npa.go.jp/policies/application/license_renewal/

高齢者の運転免許証の更新等について

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kohakuebisuToday  08:03 am JST

I hope the bereaved gets his money, i.e., I hope the authorities ensure the perp pays up, seizing assets or whatever else is necessary. His behaviour so far has been as far from "cooperative" as you can get.

I guess he had on his name a voluntary insurance. Many drivers pay for additional insurance cover in case of accidents. The insurance company did not pay up to now as the amount of compensation was not yet decided by the court.

I don't think he will spend even a day in prison, he is 92 years old, likely claiming to be ill and ordered by authorities to stay in a care home or hospital or under house arrest.

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Its a very small amount to be awarded, especially in comparison to that in the US.

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@Yohan,

I don't think he will spend even a day in prison, he is 92 years old, likely claiming to be ill and ordered by authorities to stay in a care home or hospital or under house arrest.

I am not totally sure, but I think he is currently doing time.

It was one of those extremely rare case in Japan where public outrage finally trumped the 'elites' privileges.

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Why the hell is a 92 yr old man even allowed to drive, are there no age limits for driving in Japan? Judging from what I have read about him, he is a nasty piece of entitled sk*m and deserves every punishment he receives, oh, and that should include ALL his assets. They should go the victim.

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I guess he had on his name a voluntary insurance. Many drivers pay for additional insurance cover in case of accidents.

I'm speculating here, but we are talking about this as a civil law case. While normal car insurance, nin'i hoken, will pay for third party injury, why would a civil law case be necessary? Many policies already offer "mugen" (unlimited) cover. I think there has been a civil law case because the bereaved wants to make the perp pay up, not the perp's insurance company. I would imagine the insurance company has paid up already separately according to whatever is the standard max for the policy. Even if the perp has no insurance (highly unlikely), the jibaiseki insurance on the car that was compulsory at shaken time would surely have paid out its max amount, 2 sen man, or whatever it is. Jibaiseki is limited third party injury cover.

I sincerely hope Zurich, my nin'i car insurance company, will pay for any third party injuries I cause, without the victims being forced to sue me. If they won't, I will gladly replace them with an insurance company who will.

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140 million yen.

For the formzr position as chief of an public agency, he was surely entitled some over 20 million yen per year with plenty more perks, maybe lots of brown envelopes at the time he lived the golden age.

The damages to pay are ridiculous.

RIP to all the deceased again and hope for the victims' family and the injured to forget that terrific event when that sc...ag had decided he was entitled over everyone else.

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Why the hell is a 92 yr old man even allowed to drive

I've been to a few old people's cars (in-laws, etc.) and it was excrutiating, I felt sorry for every pedestrian and driver around.

Driving straight through a few green lights and all the sudden the elder behind the wheel starts slowing down for no reason at all, also keeping 0 safe distance from pedestrians while driving through narrow roads.

Last time we were waiting in the middle of a very busy road to turn right when the light turns red and I had to say Go! and that's when the driver replies: "oh it's red now, should I go on?" In the middle of an intersection.

Never again.

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I'm getting old. A piece of advice to those in my situation: now matter how stubborn or entitled you feel, times are you must give up life-long habits. If not, he could be you.

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Clearly remember this tragic murder, as people driving drunk or with drugs or too much old, it is for me.

Rip to Ms Matsunaga And Riko Angel, hope father can get a little bit of rest....

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Must be quite the thing for this old codger -- thinks he's going for a quick drive, and instead may die in prison. Serves him right, though. Should have been far longer. I am glad he got the jail time on top of the fine, as usually it's just one or the other if anything. His excuses and lack of remorse really must have infuriated the judge.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kozo_Iizuka

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Higashi-Ikebukuro_runaway_car_accident

A good summary with many details about this accident.

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Was he deliberate?

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And to think he was originally going to be let off directly after the accident because he was a former chief bureaucrat for the Agency of Industrial Science and Technology.

He didn't mean to do it but he does have to pay the consequences for taking such precious lives.

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