Akira Kurosawa, Japan's highest-ranking military officer responsible for the waters surrounding China's Diaoyu Islands, which Japan claims to own. [File Photo: Chinanews.com]
A Japanese operational commander in charge of the waters southwest of the country's four primary islands died early Friday in Tokyo after being hit by a motorcycle, according to Japanese media reports.
The Tokyo Police Department said the accident occurred at 1:55 a.m. local time when the 50-year-old commander named Akira Kurosawa was on his way home from the quarters of the Ministry of Defense.
Kurosawa was hit by a motorcycle approaching from the left and died on the spot from severe head injuries.
The motorcycle rider was a 45-year-old Japanese native living in Tokyo, who said he could not remember the crash scene at the time. He is now under police investigation.
Kurosawa was also Japan's highest-ranking military officer in charge of the waters surrounding China's Diaoyu Islands, which Japan claims to own.
Unconfirmed online reports in Japan also claimed Kurosawa was murdered.