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Man who lost wife, daughter in car crash conducts petition against driver

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Where can I sign!?

He definately needs to be punished, and he doesn't even own up to it either. I'd be calling for the death penalty mind you

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Yeah, it's pretty unfair this old man was treated with kids gloves because he's a former big shot while others are often immediately arrested after an accident that involves death.

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If it was anyone else they would have been arrested immediately....this is disgusting what it is..poor guy.

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Wait a minute, how can the police view this any differently than the lady who killed the kids with the car and also blamed it on vehicle malfunction? She went straight to jail, why didn't this apply in this case; only because at one time this person was of importance, no this is definitely not right and needs to be corrected. I am not saying trial by media, but guilty is guilty and he should face the crime and do the time.

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Old guy. Automatic car. Panics and hit the gas peddle instead of the brake. It's a very typical accident. Unless, of course, he'd converted to Islam recently.

Governments the world over are easy on car killings, I have no idea why. They are several ton heavy blunt instruments, weapons in shorts.

Easily manslaughter but not murder as not intentional.

In the US, you get vehicular homicide and vehicular manslaughter but the punishments are too leniant. I have no idea why. It is as if the courts see cars as a necessity and such deaths just as part of the cost of doing business.

What is the law in Japan?

-7 ( +10 / -17 )

Here is the website where you can download the petition and post it (in Japanese only)

https://ameblo.jp/ma-nariko/entry-12493099392.html

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Wait a minute, how can the police view this any differently ........

Welcome to Japan, the dude is 88 years old, not to mention that he was also the former head of the Agency of Industrial Science and Technology, meaning koumuin (government employee) and given professional courtesy by the police because of both.

Yes he deserves to be punished, but what sentence is appropriate for a man of his age and, up until now, unblemished history?

If a "regular" person would get 7 to 10, would 10% of that be appropriate for his age? If he got 10 years, it would be a death sentence.

-4 ( +5 / -9 )

This man killed 2 innocent people. He wasn't arrested, but this guy was? WTF,Japan.

Road rage suspect sent to prosecutors after bottle-throwing incident on Nagoya Expressway

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Yubaru, an appropriate punishment would be to,at the least,im on trial.

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Yes, you might say that, for a rank-and-file police officer, this guy is about a hundred rungs above on the seniority ladder. muzukashii...

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Yubaru, an appropriate punishment would be to, at the least, put him on trial. This will shamehim and his family. if found guilty, he can be placed under house arrest.

More important, it would encourage other elderly drivers to hand in their licenses.

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This old man should be arrested and put behind bars till death but what happens when you are a former big shot in Japanese government and a ryojin who has a license to do what ever you want in this country .He will find loop holes in the system and escape any jail sentence even he's arrested again..

Feeling sad for husband what pain he will be going though. Let's hope for the best

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I think it's all about intent. My understanding in it's simple form is. Murder; meaning intentional. The old guy did not plan on killing anybody. Manslaughter; mean gross negligence or a reasonably person should suspect that soneone might die. This old guy was licensed to drive, meaning officially qualified. I understand the passion but...

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Kill someone, get caught, be punished

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I'm sure foreign names written in katagana will be taken into consideration.

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Respect for age and seniority holds back justice in Japan.

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Why was he not arrested?

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Very sorry for this man, it must be tough losing a young wife and child and then not getting justice. Of course the old guy did not intend this to happen but he should still be held accountable.

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Japan's justice system is wacky to say the least. Steal 10¥ from a shrine a year in jail, Gang rape suspended sentance if you are from a Good university, beat a part Term worker to death suspended sentience kill two people no charge. This man should be in jail for life but he is protected, I really need a government job then I can finally kill at will. 007 is rife.

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If a society is to function and hold together the law must be and must be seen to be applied fairly and even handedly, without fear or favour.

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This father held a press conference too but unfortunately it got overshadowed by the KyoAni mass murder and Yoshimoto goofball fake crying garbage.

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I heard this tragedy in particular cause a lot of elderly people to give up their licenses which is a good thing. However letting this guy go scot free will let many elderly people think they are above the law and continue to cause problems.

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People that old should not be driving.

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Japanese so called justice. Hypocrites.

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Dath penalty !!!!!

NO MORE LICENSES FOR ELDERLY !!!

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

*death

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

No police would want/dare to touch this guy

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oldman said;

"People that old should not be driving."

I have ridden with many elderly drivers who were still quite skillful and cautious. I have also ridden with young daredevils who were the exact opposite. I would support legislation that retested drivers after a certain age but a blanket condemnation of the elderly would be wrong.

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So a 3 year old girl and her mother both lost their lives and they won't be getting justice?!

My wife and I will certainly sign this petition!

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SpeedAug. 3 04:15 pm JSTYeah, it's pretty unfair this old man was treated with kids gloves because he's a former big shot while others are often immediately arrested after an accident that involves death.

Some drunk teenager killed a middle aged woman, hit-and-run, speeding at over 100 mph as she was crossing an intersection after seeing a RUSH concert. The dumb irresponsible teen was in a rich family and got only 3 years probation for this. Money talks, BS walks.

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Not sure how it works in Japan, but here where I live once you hit 65 you have to renew your license every five years, which includes a mandatory eye, and both written and driving evaluations. Some of the restrictions for older drivers where I live is that dawn to dusk driving may be prohibited, dependent upon the person's age and/or vision. Granted that might not be the best option that folks may want, but you have to ensure you don't trample on the rights of older folks who can still maintain composure and focus during driving.

Does Japan have civil court whereby an individual can sue for damages against another person, as it seems this old man is well connected; politically, and might be immune from the criminal side of justice? Sometimes you have to obtain the justice you are owed by a means that isn't as potent against the offender as you originally intended.

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@pacificwest

This has nothing to do with your statistics. Regular drivers are arrested immediately even if it wasn't entirely their fault. This guy ran a light and killed a mom and daughter at a crosswalk. It's the most straightforward case you'll see, and yet he still escaped arrest because of his status.

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I have ridden with many elderly drivers who were still quite skillful and cautious. I have also ridden with young daredevils who were the exact opposite. I would support legislation that retested drivers after a certain age but a blanket condemnation of the elderly would be wrong.

This reasoning is wrong. The fact is that elderly drivers have lost their capacity to drive, younger drivers who

make mistakes driving isO not due to dementia. You would not ask an 88 year old to pilot a plane but a 38 year old of course yes. This guy was a public safety hazard and now a mother and child are dead. The state needs to cull out these drivers, otherwise more kids get run over. This particular case is horrible as the ojisan blames the car for his own mistake and takes no responsibility at all for the deaths. Imagine if you were the father and husband in this case. I hope they bring this guy to trail. Of course he will not do time but at least the state can pretend it cares about the dead mother and child.

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There is an awful lot being read into the article that just isn't stated it; running lights, dementia, class corruption, we don't even know what the police have done or are doing.

The guy is obviously not a flight risk. There's nothing to suggest he does not feel the full implications of what he has done.

The state is bound by the law which is referred to as above. I think it "death by automobile" a problem in all countries, and I don't understand why. It's like society while in the grip of the tobacco industry when cancer and passive smoking were just accepted as part of life.

If the father is motivated, it should be to tight the law further up.

Is the punishment for vehicular manslaughter on a par with other manslaughters?

There is actually a white paper floating about government at present regarding just this issue, including additional technical fixes.

One of the problem is, it will require making society more suitable for the elderly too, as in providing adequate public transport and so on. It's pertinent to Japan in a bigger way than just this one tragedy.

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The way this case has been handled is extremely suspicious. The perp should have been arrested in keeping with standard police procedure. After the accident, he called his son, not for an ambulance for the people he'd just run over. That's not even showing remorse.

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People with "Power" or with "Connections" tend to quietly have their News stories disappear quickly and without fuss.

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@kohakuebisu

The way this case has been handled is extremely suspicious. The perp should have been arrested in keeping with standard police procedure.

It's not. It's just a very poor newsfeed article not providing sufficient information.

The old man is in hospital himself. He's not going anywhere. He's not going to abscond or destroy evidence (as per proceedure), he's admitted it, therefore legally there are no grounds to. He was taken away in an ambulance not a police van.

Looking at the photos of the scene, there is no way he could have phoned anyone for sometime after the final collisions that overturned a truck. By that time emergency services would have been on their way.

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If anyone Killed my Wife / Kids I would seriously want Justice as too would my Wife's Parents.. Accident or otherwise. And in the case of "otherwise"...

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