The Yomiuri ShimbunOSAKA — A 35-year-old unemployed man had his papers sent to prosecutors Monday for violating the Road Traffic Law by driving at about 280 kph before posting a video of the event on the internet, police said.
The Osaka man allegedly told the police he posted the video on the YouTube video sharing site because he wanted everyone to watch it.
The speed is almost equivalent to the fastest velocity of the Nozomi bullet train on the Tokaido Shinkansen line, which is 285 kph.
According to the Osaka prefectural police, this is the worst detected speeding offense on record in Japan.
The man is suspected of driving at a speed faster than the legal limit of 60 kph by about 220 kph inside a tunnel of the Daini Hanna Expressway in Higashi-Osaka in the early hours of Jan. 12, among other offenses, the police said.
The police tracked down the man based on a report in May, saying there was a video of dangerous driving posted on YouTube.