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Victims of 2012 Sasago accident remembered

Jiji Press

Family members of victims killed in the 2012 Sasago Tunnel ceiling collapse pray for the dead in Otsuki, Yamanashi Prefecture, on Saturday.

Jiji Press TSURU, Yamanashi (Jiji Press) — Bereaved family members and others mourned nine people who were killed in the 2012 Sasago Tunnel ceiling collapse at a memorial service in Tsuru, Yamanashi Prefecture, on Saturday.

“I haven’t heard the answer why you went to heaven, and this agonizes me,” Shinichi Ishikawa, 68, who lost his 28-year-old daughter, Yuri, in the accident five years ago, in a speech during the ceremony organized by Central Nippon Expressway Co., or NEXCO Central, the operator of the tunnel on the Chuo Expressway.

“I’m determined to find out why the accident happened,” Ishikawa said. “I believe this is a duty of those who were left behind.” He then called on NEXCO Central executives and other relevant officials to “speak honestly” about the collapse of ceiling panels of the tunnel, located in Otsuki in the same prefecture, west of Tokyo.

NEXCO Central President Yoshihito Miyaike was among the executives attending the ceremony.Speech

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