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Car carrying Japanese ruling party lawmaker in alleged hit-and-run accident

TOKYO -- A passenger car carrying ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) lawmaker Shunsuke Takei allegedly drove away from the scene of a minor collision with a bicycle on June 8, a police source revealed. The car was being driven by his secretary.

    A man in his 50s riding the bicycle was uninjured. The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the case on suspicion of violating the Road Traffic Act for failing to report an accident.

    According to an investigative source, the car carrying the 46-year-old House of Representatives member elected in Miyazaki Prefecture struck the bicycle at an intersection in Tokyo's Minato Ward at around 6 p.m., as the car was turning left. Takei's secretary, a man in his 60s, did not stop the car after the impact. However, the cyclist chased after the vehicle and forced it to stop. The car's inspection certificate had expired, and it was uninsured.

    In February 2020, papers on Takei's then private secretary were forwarded to prosecutors for alleged drinking and driving, and causing a rear-end collision in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward in September 2019.

    (Japanese original by Makoto Kakizaki, City News Department)

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