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The bodies of four Japanese nationals killed in a traffic accident in the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday were repatriated Saturday on a plane arriving at Narita airport.

Local police and media reports in the United Arab Emirates said the four were killed when a minivan transporting them slammed into the back of a trailer truck in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

According to the Japanese Embassy in the United Arab Emirates, they were Tsunemi Osawa, 62, Akimasa Umemoto, 58, Makoto Hama, 55, and Atsushi Kuramasu, 50.

The minivan driver, a Pakistani, also died in the accident that occurred around 11:45 p.m. Wednesday in Tarif, a town about 100 km southwest of the city of Abu Dhabi.

According to JGC Corp., a plant engineering company based in Yokohama, three of the men were employees of the firm and the other was an employee of JGC Project Services Co., a group firm also based in Yokohama. JGC has not confirmed the names of the victims.

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