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Sadao Takano (鷹野 貞雄, Takano Sadao) is a character featured in Lost Judgment. He is a public prosecutor.

Background[]

Ryuzo Genda had treated Takano like a child during the early days of his career.

Involvement[]

Lost Judgment: 2021-2022[]

Takano is the prosecutor in the December 6, 2021 trial of Akihiro Ehara for sexual battery. An uproar is caused in court when Ehara reveals the location of Hiro Mikoshiba's body. Later, footage of Ehara murdering Mikoshiba is uploaded to the internet, but Sadao has the prosecutors affirm the stance that the video is falsified.

Saori Shirosaki and Takayuki Yagami have a meeting with Takano to discuss Ehara using his sexual battery conviction as an alibi for murder to expose the flaws in the law. Takano expresses that if Ehara's motivation is to insult the law, then the best course of action would be to ignore his appeal, but Yagami tells him he is too focused on his reputation rather than justice. Takano still states the footage is unreliable.

In 2022, Takano is the prosecutor for Ehara's retrial, with Saori and Yagami as the defense attorneys. Ehara's method to fabricate the murder alibi is revealed and he admits to murdering Mikoshiba, stating that concrete proof of his act is the murder weapon he had hidden away. The trial is adjourned, and Takano informs the others the murder weapon was recovered. He then thanks Yagami for helping him regain his sense of justice.

Hidemi Bando's collaboration with RK is exposed, and he, together with Mafuyu, arrest him despite the nationwide consequences it would entail, as he felt inspired by the perseverance of the Yagami Detective Agency and Yokohama 99 detectives.

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