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87-year-old driver involved in fatal Tokyo crash released from hospital

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Hope he spends the rest of his days inside.

However,being an 'elite' he won't see any jail time at all,TIJ.

After the crash the selfish old cretin didn't even call the emergency services instead calling his son,probably another 'elite' to activate the 'get out of jail free card'.

Not only was he a bureaucrat he later went on to a high ranking position,would have said job but don't have to since it was an amakudari position and he didn't have to do anything at all in all likelihood.

As self-entitled as you can get.

Japan is full of these losers.

15 ( +18 / -3 )

He didn't even admit to it and blamed the car instead. Considering his age he may even escape jail time by the time he's even sentenced. He's a cold blooded murderer and deserves far more than just a few broken bones

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Social media in Japan is scathing about this leach and the police tip toeing around him. Anybody else would have been handed to prosecutors well before now. Killed a child a mother and injured nine others! And not charged? One law for them one law for us.

16 ( +16 / -0 )

I hope that renewal of the driver's license of elderly people becomes severe.

It is an accident that happened from his own resentment.

I don't feel sorry for him.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

as the population ages

more elderly will take the lives of the young

while the elderly refuse to change

and continue to bar the young

from accessing prosperity

5 ( +7 / -2 )

also to the alleged criminal involved in this case that took lives: you are coward for covering your face and wearing a brimmed-hat to protect yourself and your pride.

my sentiment from my previous post has only increased.

15 ( +15 / -0 )

As he is "elite" and from an "elite" family, he is going to walk free from this. And this is despite widespread public criticism. Think about the murders which are not published done by these "elites".

Those elites can probably just run their car through a crowded street on purpose and kill hundreds and still get no repercussions.

This is just life in Japan. The "elites" can get away from anything, including straight up murder.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

Japan is paradise for bereaucrats.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

No police will touch this guy in fear of backlash from the elite communities.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

It’s odd that so many posts are condemning the elderly.

-8 ( +4 / -12 )

Do the hustle

Nobody is condemning the elderly. Alot of posters are- quite rightly - condemning the amakudari fat cat elite who live above the law at our expense.

Surprised you didn't pick up on that.

I hope this killer spends the rest of his life behind bars, with nothing but a picture of the family he destroyed to look at.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

Way too old to be driving.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Move along! Important person here! Etc...

I am not defending this man's actions in any way and if guilty he should not go unpunished.

I'll allow that the description could be "killing" or "manslaughter" or "homicide", but @Vince, @Blah, "Murder" implies an intention and a plan. I very much doubt that he planned this, and therefore, we should not call him a murderer. Let's choose our words carefully.

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Japan is full of these losers.

The world is full of these losers. Look up “affluenza” and the Stanford swimming team rapist case.

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Do The Hustle

I agree it is odd. Was he in the wrong? You bet, no question. But the tone of these emails towards the elderly seems to be almost vitriolic.

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

Ugly comments here with regard to the elderlies.

A few deadly accidents and the whole category blamed to death: awful!

All the people blaming them, please take time with them, transport them, read and play with them...

How awkward can some "young" people be!

-7 ( +2 / -9 )

ReeseToday  09:59 pm JST

But the tone of these emails towards the elderly seems to be almost vitriolic.

Open MindedToday  11:12 pm JST

Ugly comments here with regard to the elderlies.

If you look at the comments again you may notice it's not really the elderly that people are criticising so much.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

Hello, read the comments. This is not elderly bashing, but elite Japanese bureaucrats being able to literally get away with murder! The lady who caused the car crash in Shiga that resulted in the deaths of two nursery school children was arrested on the spot, as was the other driver who was not responsible at all. Why? Because they were ordinary citizens without the backing of the civil service. That is what people are up in arms about!

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This is not about being old. This is about taking responsibility for a crime. Anyone with a basic knowledge of "Law" in Japan knows full well how this works. The 'vitriol" in comments is not about elderly, it is about injustice. Amakudari is real. Mado giwa zoku is real.

12 ( +12 / -0 )

"claimed that the brake did not work when his car started to accelerate" is the universal language.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Ugly comments here with regard to the elderlies.

a 3yrs old and her mother were killed by this moron , and people still want to lump this idiot as elderly and deserves respect and leniency even if they killed somebody. That in itself is just plain brainwashed stupidity.

This man should be doing prison time for his CRIME, if he dies in jail so be it. he already deprived two people of their lives while he gets to keep living his!

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Can anyone remember any other cases in Japan where a person causing multiple deaths in a traffic accident has not been arrested? As far as I can recall the police always arrest the driver on charges of "professional negligence", or something like that.

But in this case Iizuka has not been arrested. He is unrepentant and blames a fault with the car rather than himself. If the car is at fault then a recall must be issued (why isn't the make and model of the car published?).

This case is yet another example of the failure and corruption of the Japanese "justice" system. Bureaucrats and friends of Abe get away with murder and rape whilst ordinary citizens are jailed for stealing onigiri from a convenience store. It's a disgrace, and the police in charge of this case should be reprimanded or fired.

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concerns about the increasing number of elderly drivers on the road as Japan's population rapidly grays.

Since this is a well known fact, more stringent tests, eye exams, etc., for elderly drivers should be implemented Japan-wide. Initiate shorter expiration dates for licenses issued to elderly drivers. Re-test when applying for license renewals. Also, doctors should be required to report to licensing authorities any medical issues, e.g., dementia, vision problems, etc., which may impair driving abilities. Operating vehicles without a valid license should result in severe penalties, regardless of the driver's age.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

This thread is about 75-80% critical of this one person and the elderly elite in general, and with some overlap about 20-25% vitriol against elderly drivers and the aged.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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