A prosecution inquest committee requested by the mother of 12-year-old Japanese student Koji Murakawa who died during judo practice has submitted its recommendation that charges should be pressed against the former junior high school teacher who was in charge of the said martial arts practice session. The prosecutors from the Otsu District Public Prosecutors Office had earlier decided to drop the charges against the former teacher.
Murakawa died during a judo club practice session in 2009, and charges were raised against a 31-year-old ex-teacher at Hatasho Junior High School in Aisho, Shiga Prefecture on suspicion that he may have had something to do with the child’s death. But Koji’s mother Hiromi Murakawa had requested an inquest into the matter, not satisfied with the way the prosecutors’ office had dealt with the matter. The inquest panel said in its recommendations made on March 27 that the former teacher was responsible for conducting the training suited to the student’s physical strength and ability, and that the injuries caused by his training were directly under the teacher’s purview. The panel said that there was a big probability that his negligence may have caused the student’s death, and recommended that charges be pressed against him.
At this, the prosecutors’ office is now tasked to re-investigate the case and decide on whether to file formal charges against the former instructor. Mrs. Murakawa verbalized her approval for the recommendation saying, “I am really glad that the committee acknowledged the prosecutors’ conclusion to be inappropriate. I want them to investigate the case thoroughly in response to the committee’s resolution.”
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