Ex-Justice Minister Shimoinaba dies at 87

Former Justice Minister and Metropolitan Police Department chief Kokichi Shimoinaba died of sepsis Monday, his family said Friday. He was 87.

After joining the now-defunct Home Ministry in 1947, he served as prefectural police chief in Tokushima, Osaka and Tokyo.

He gained a House of Councillors seat in 1986 and was appointed as justice minister by Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto in 1997.