KOBE (Kyodo) A Kobe inquest committee said Thursday it has recommended that three former presidents of West Japan Railway Co. be charged over a 2005 train derailment that killed 107 people, deeming an earlier decision by prosecutors not to indict them inappropriate.

The Committee for the Inquest of Prosecution in Kobe made a decision dated Oct. 7 that prosecutors should press charges against Masataka Ide, 74, Shojiro Nanya, 68, and Takeshi Kakiuchi, 65, who have all headed JR West.

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