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Bereaved kin of traffic victims main champions of road safety

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Kyoko Suzuki, a 69-year-old artist, lost her son in a traffic accident 18 years ago. He was a university student.

She penned this poem: "It takes the deaths of hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands and hundreds of millions souls/ before people realize they are amid 'kotsu senso' (traffic war)."

Also this: "Under the law of this country, life weighs no heavier than a grain of rice."

Driven by grief over her son's untimely death and the insufferable lightness of the sentence given to the offender, Suzuki stood up to the injustice with other bereaved families of traffic accident victims.

The group collected 370,000 signatures, which led to the criminalization of dangerous driving........

© The Asahi Shimbun