The 66-year-old former president of the company that operated the Hotel Prince Fukuyama in Hiroshima Prefecture, where a fire killed seven people on May 13, 2012, has been indicted on professional negligence charges resulting in death and injury.
Papers were sent to prosecutors Wednesday on Taeko Kusunoki, TBS reported.
Three men and four women were killed when the fire swept through the four-story hotel. At the time of the fire, there were 13 guests staying in the hotel and one employee on duty.
The fire gutted the 2nd and 3rd floors. It was caused by a lack of safety prevention measures. The hotel had no sprinkler system and been warned about lax anti-fire prevention measures in at least eight areas the year before, fire department officials said.
Kusunoki made a grandiose apology when she got down on her knees at a news conference in Okayama one month after the fire to apologize.
Her lawyer said Wednesday she accepted full responsibility for not complying with requests from fire department officials.© Japan Today