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Former Morning Musume singer arrested over hit-and-run incident

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She really took the Morning thing quite literally.

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Wow, well driving drunk and hitting people is not a small thing. She should be looking at some jail time. Smashing into 2 separate people too...

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As if her career wasn't already in the sink, this will give her another precious 5 mins in the spotlight

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If she run away at night I would be surprise.

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"I couldn't stop because traffic was busy at the site."

I bet she would have stopped if one of her relatives was hit by someone else. Pathetic.

Half-cut, runs a red-light, injures someone, and doesn't stop immediately.

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With two accidents, this girl needs to stop driving.

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A good old fashioned drink a bit and run a red light accident! So rare in Tokyo!!

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Phoning the police 15 minutes later and voluntarily returning to the scene? I'm not sure if that qualifies as "hit and run." In central Tokyo traffic, you often need to go around a couple of blocks to find somewhere you can stop without causing a jam.

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Phoning the police 15 minutes later

Sometimes 15 minutes can be the difference between life and death.

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Intoxicated while driving. Pull her license asap and punish her.

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Hitomi Yoshizawa, a former member of the J-pop all-girl idol group Morning Musume, while driving under the influence of alcohol, ran a red light at around 7 a.m. in Tokyo's Nakano Ward and hit a female bicyclist in her 20s with her vehicle, injuring a male pedestrian in his 40s nearby as well.

We all know how this will play out:

Tears (of the fake kind)

Bowing/Apologies

Monies paid (of the hush kind)

The end of this

I've seen and read about celebrities getting away with crimes far to many times to know the outcome.

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Phoning the police 15 minutes later and voluntarily returning to the scene? I'm not sure if that qualifies as "hit and run." In central Tokyo traffic, you often need to go around a couple of blocks to find somewhere you can stop without causing a jam.

Absolutely is hit and run, though coming back 15 minutes later is better than waiting or day or trying to hide out. Leaving the scene of an accident is hit and run. 

When a person has been injured, that's more important than not causing a traffic jam. Simple priorities. I thought that was a pretty poor excuse, but I appreciate she only had 15 minutes to come up with it, was probably panicked and apparently not all that smart.

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She panicked, probably called someone who talked some sense into her and returned to the scene. After being under the grasps of the talent agencies so young, no wonder she’s gone a bit off the rails and wild. Luckily for her no one died. Morning museme indeed.

Live and learn, nice wake up call for her to get her act together. Watch the jackals now however have a feeding frenzy.

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She lacked the ability to judge what was more important; the single person hit by her car to receive immediate medical attention versus not causing the cars behind her in traffic to wait if she were to stop immediately.

For her it was the latter probably because it would cause a big scene and bring trouble meiwaku for more people. Some people squirm at the thought of negative attention.

The decision to stop and pull over must be made at that moment. There is no room for panic. Any hesitancy of what to do “yabai dou shiyou” results in being carried away by the flow of traffic and unfortunately a classification of hit and run.

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Japanese media are pointing out how ironic it is that shortly after Yoshizawa left Morning Musume, her 16-year-old brother died from a collision involving him on a bicycle with a car driven by a 20/year-old student.

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Perfect for a showcase punishment, she is already famous so much more people will see it.

Capital punishment please.

You mean murder? I can't imagine anyone supporting that as a punishment.

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Drinking at 7am? Then go driving during morning rush? That's crazy. Wow.

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Why report it? she is famous, bowing and a suspended sentence.

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二日酔い or 迎え酒? Inquiring minds want to know...

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and according to the news, she has a 2 year old child. Not very motherly now is she?

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Live and learn, nice wake up call for her to get her act together. Watch the jackals now however have a feeding frenzy.

Reportedly she had an alcohol level of 4 times the limit. And that is after however long it took her to get back to the scene. You think we should just pat her on the butt and let her get back to driving and possibly killing someone next time? She needs to go to jail, plain and simple.

and according to the news, she has a 2 year old child. Not very motherly now is she?

A lot of people checked her blog after the accident and saw she was saying her cute her child is just a couple days ago. I wonder how she takes care of the child being out all night...

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Drinking at 7am? Then go driving during morning rush? That's crazy. Wow

I think she probably was still drunk from a wild time the night before. There are times I have been still drunk (or at least not sober enough to drive) at 10am, despite not having a drink since 2am. It seems morning drunkedness has been the cause for multiple accidents we read about here on JT.

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"She was also involved in a traffic accident last September in which the car she was driving collided with another vehicle."

Kind of makes it seem as if she had nothing to do with the car "colliding with another vehicle", as if it just did it all on its own.

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Was in a hurry and forgot to mention that because of her brother’s traffic accident death, she has been active in the traffic safety campaigns to do away with reckless driving, advising bicyclists to follow the rules, etc. She should have followed her own advice.

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Thankfully nobody died, money will be paid and the charges will be dropped, as one of the other posters said. But I sincerely hope I don't accidentally run across her fake crying apology in the news later on cuz I'll probably throw something at the TV set

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I was involved in a traffic accident myself in which I was the defendant, the victim didn't sue but the state did. Nobody offered if I should settle, i wonder if that's even an option in Japan.

And she should stop driving like i did. I don't mean to be sexist or what, but when I see a woman driver or somebody old, I just let them have their way. Statistics don't lie.

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haloerikaSep. 9  03:44 pm JST And she should stop driving like i did. I don't mean to be sexist or what ....

And yet, there you go being just that.

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