Tokyo police on Thursday sent to public prosecutors papers on what is apparently Japan’s first case of alleged road rage under the country’s revised road traffic law.
The Metropolitan Police Department arrested a 42-year-old male company employee over charges of road rage on a street in the capital. He has admitted to the charges.
The revised road traffic law came into effect on June 30, making road rage acts punishable.
The suspect allegedly committed an act of road rage on that day, and he is said to have told police that he knew about the law revision, but did not know it was the day of the enforcement.
The man is charged with chasing another vehicle, driven by a 24-year-old man, without leaving enough space between them on Ring Road No. 7 in the Minamikasai district in Tokyo’s Edogawa Ward.
According to the MPD, the suspect drove ahead of the victim, forced the victim to stop and got out of his car to shout abuse at him. Local residents called the police, who later determined the incident to be a case of road rage based on dashboard camera footage and other evidence.
“I felt that the man didn’t leave enough space between my car and his, and I got angry, so I did it,” the suspect said.