A car was meandering on a public road at dawn when traffic was light and visibility was good.
A car was meandering along the road. The car, driving erratically, veered into the opposite lane and collided head-on with a moped. The man riding the motorcycle was knocked off the road and hit his head hard on the concrete.
On July 21, Yusuke Ikui, 48, a resident of Tatsuno-cho, Nerima-ku, was arrested by the Takaido Police Station of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department on suspicion of violating the Automobile Driving Punishment Law (negligent driving manslaughter). Shortly after 3:00 a.m. on the same day, the car he was riding in collided head-on with a motorcycle in the opposite lane. The driver of the motorcycle, in his 40s, was immediately taken to the hospital, where he is said to be in critical condition, unconscious.
The scene of the accident was a metropolitan road in Miyamae, Suginami Ward. The man on the motorcycle was a newspaper delivery man who was on duty carrying morning newspapers. The suspect was on his way home after finishing his work. Upon receiving a report, the police officer who arrived at the scene checked his breath and found alcohol in excess of the legal limit. The police are investigating the suspect on suspicion of drunk driving.
The kicker was his activities at a live music club.
Ikui is a well-known figure in the culinary industry. He is the owner-chef of the popular French restaurant “Ode” in Hiroo, Shibuya-ku. Ode has been awarded a Michelin star for five consecutive years.
The suspect is a unique chef. According to the magazine “Ryouri Tengoku” (Cuisine Heaven) and the dining media “Hitosara,” he attended a law school and aimed to become a local civil servant when he was young. However, he failed the civil service examination and went to work for a general company as a salaried salesman.
Later, Ikai, who had been a music lover since childhood, left the company. He began performing at live houses as an artist. At that time, he met a former French chef at a live music club. While helping him, she became interested in cooking and started working at a French restaurant in Tokyo when she was 25 years old,” said a cooking magazine editor.
The suspect, who got off to a late start, seems to have had to work hard to open his own restaurant.
He trained for nearly 15 years at famous restaurants such as Masa’s in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture. He opened “Ode” in Hiroo in September ’17. He used the Internet and SNS to disseminate information about the restaurant, and it quickly became a popular restaurant. It is now one of Japan’s leading French restaurants, famous even overseas.
The suspect drank alcohol and drove, ruining his career as a famous chef that he had worked so hard to build. It will take him a long time to regain the trust of customers.
PHOTO： Shinji Hasuo