Taiwanese woman dies in traffic accident in Japan

Tokyo-- A Taiwanese tourist died in a traffic accident on the Japanese island of Kyushu over the weekend in a rental car being driven by a Taiwanese friend, Taiwan's representative office in Fukuoka said Monday.

The accident occurred when the Taiwanese woman driving the car to Kagoshima in southern Kyushu on Saturday night lost control, and allowed the back left side of the vehicle to hit a concrete barrier along a highway curve.

The passenger sitting in the back seat on the left side of the car, 27-year-old graduate student Hsu Tzi-hui (???), suffered a serious head injury and was declared dead by doctors around Sunday noon, according to Taiwanese officials at the office.

Two men in the car at the time, aged 26 and 27 years, and the driver were slightly injured in the accident.

The driver, identified only by her surname Yang, was arrested by Japanese police for negligent homicide.

Hsu was the younger sister of the driver's boyfriend, according to the officials.

No other details on what may have caused the accident have been released, and Japanese police have launched an investigation into the accident, the officials said.

The parents of both Hsu and Yang have also headed to Japan to deal with the situation.

According to Hsu's friends in Taiwan, she was pursuing a Ph.D. at National Taiwan Normal University's Graduate Institute of Environmental Education and was traveling in Japan with friends when the accident occurred, according to a local media report.

Hsu, a mountain climbing enthusiast, had conquered about 50 of Taiwan's 100 tallest peaks and actively participated in various types of academic activities, her friends were quoted as saying.

She was also hoping to visit the Taiwan-held Taiping and Pratas islands in the South China Sea, according to her friends, the report said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel