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A five-year prison term was finalized Friday for a 90-year-old former top bureaucrat over a fatal 2019 Tokyo car accident, bringing a close to a high-profile case that stirred debate about the place of elderly drivers on Japanese roads.

Neither the defense counsel of Kozo Iizuka, a former chief of the now-defunct Agency of Industrial Science and Technology, nor prosecutors appealed the Sept. 2 ruling by the Tokyo District Court by the Friday deadline.

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