Police searched the headquarters of game maker Sega Corp. on Thursday in connection with a man’s fatal fall from a ride at a Tokyo amusement park, police sources said.
Sega is suspected of professional negligence resulting in death. Junichi Tsubouchi, 30, died Monday after falling from a ride simulating a sky dive at the Joypolis amusement park, which Sega operates in Tokyo’s Daiba waterfront area.
Police also searched the office of Joypolis. They have been questioning staff at Joypolis on suspicion of professional negligence resulting in death because they were aware that Tsubouchi was taking the ride without wearing a safety belt.
Tsubouchi could not wear the safety belt because he was too big. He apparently fell about 5 meters to his death.
Hisao Oguchi, president of Sega, a subsidiary of Sega Sammy Holdings Inc., admitted that Joypolis had violated safety procedures in the past by letting a person not wearing a seat belt go on the ride.
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