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Procedures Begin to Jail Ex-Bureaucrat, 90, over Fatal Car Crash

Procedures Begin to Jail Ex-Bureaucrat, 90, over Fatal Car Crash

   Tokyo, Oct. 12 (Jiji Press)--Procedures started Tuesday to imprison a 90-year-old former senior Japanese government official convicted over a high-profile accident in Tokyo in 2019 in which his runaway car killed a woman and her daughter, and injured other people.
   Summoned by the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office, Kozo Iizuka, former head of the now-defunct Agency of Industrial Science and Technology under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, now the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, entered the building where the prosecutors office is located in the afternoon.
   In Tokyo, people whose prison sentences have become final are usually confined to the Tokyo Detention House first and then sent to a prison after health checkups and other necessary procedures.
   On Sept. 2, Tokyo District Court sentenced Iizuka to five years in prison, without suspension, for negligent driving resulting in death and injury. The ruling became final Sept. 17 as neither the defense side nor the prosecution filed an appeal.
   According to the ruling, Iizuka mistakenly kept depressing the accelerator instead of the brake pedal when he was driving in the busy Ikebukuro district of Tokyo's Toshima Ward on April 19, 2019, causing his car to accelerate to up to 96 kilometers per hour. The vehicle ran a red light and hurtled into a cross walk, fatally hitting Mana Matsunaga, 31, and her 3-year-old daughter Riko. Nine other people suffered injuries in the car crash.

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