• Kyodo


Prosecutors sought a 2 1/2-year prison term Tuesday for a train engineer accused of professional negligence in a head-on collision last year between two trains in Fukui Prefecture, in which 25 people, including himself, were injured.

The prosecution demanded the sentence in its closing argument before the Fukui District Court in the trial of Makoto Shimokawatoko, 23. “He failed to pay attention, thus failing to perform his most basic duty as a train driver,” the prosecutors said.

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