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The Supreme Court has finalized the suspended sentences of two air traffic controllers convicted of professional negligence over a 2001 near miss involving two Japan Airlines jumbo jets.

They are the first air traffic controllers to be held criminally responsible for a near collision. Yasuko Momii, 41, ended up with a suspended 18-month sentence and Hideki Hachitani, 36, was given a suspended 12-month term. Both were also fired.

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