• Kyodo


The operator of a tour bus that crashed into an expressway wall in late April in Gunma Prefecture denied Sunday that the company’s violation of regulations in its daily operations caused the fatal accident.

Yumihide Hariu, 55, president of the firm Rikuentai based in Chiba Prefecture, told a press conference in Tokyo that he believes the crash occurred as Kazan Kono, a 43-year-old tour bus driver arrested over the accident, had dozed off.

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