Suicide In Japan Bullet Train Kills Two


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Travelers on Japan’s Shinkansen today were on an unexpected and unfortunate incident.

On route from Tokyo to Osaka, the bullet train was forced to make a stop near Odawara (45 miles south of Tokyo) due to a man who was believed to have poured a flammable liquid over his body and set himself on fire, killing him and another female passenger. Police have yet to identify either riders.

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While 10 passengers were injured and one of them in serious condition, others escaped the flames which reportedly came from the first car of the train.

Video footage from NHK – Japan’s national public broadcasting organization – showed footage of firefighters rushing to the side of the train while passengers were still inside their trains, talking on their phones.

According to CNN, spokesperson for police in Odawara, Kazuto Nara, said the train crew managed to put out the fire.

Although reasons for the suicide is still not released, the fire was allegedly started either in or near the restroom area of the first car of the train.

Suicide in Japan has become a significant national social issue. According to BBC,

Sadly though, Japan is no stranger to suicide, especially among young men. Last year this country again reported the highest rate of suicide in the world, and it is now the leading cause of death for men between the ages of 20 and 44.

Despite these believes, the number of suicides has been declining and has been under 30,000 for three consecutive years.

Source: BBC. Additional reporting by Jetset Times. 

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One Comment on “Suicide In Japan Bullet Train Kills Two”

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