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Vietnamese woman dies after being found collapsed on street in Tokyo

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A Vietnamese woman who was found collapsed on a street in Tokyo on Monday was confirmed dead shortly after being taken to hospital.

According to police, a man called 119 at around 2:40 a.m. to report that a woman was lying on the street near Yushima Station on the Chiyoda subway line in Bunkyo Ward, Kyodo News reported. Police said she was in her early 20s and Vietnamese, according to her residence card.

Police said that an oshibori (small hand towel) was stuffed into her mouth. Police said there were no external injuries on the body and added that an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

Police said they are questioning two Vietnamese men who were near the scene when they arrived. One of the men made the 119 call, police said.

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Terrible. I hope they determine the cause of death soon.

19 ( +19 / -0 )

"Wanna bet they will pin it on these men guilty or not. Perfect for the usual lazy and racist local coppers, oops, keystones."

I hope you're aware that for ANY police force(s) EVERYONE is a suspect until they can clear you out.

Obviously not, otherwise you wouldn't write as per above.

Or is it the case that the urge to bash takes precedence vis anything Japan related?

14 ( +16 / -2 )

Dressed in Purple Bacon:

Yes. Ambulance drivers have to CALL AROUND to see WHO will Accept you...no doubt you being a Foreigner has nothing to do with it.

9 ( +12 / -3 )

It's not a case of ambulance arriving and patient taken immediately to the nearest hospital. When an ambulance arrives, there's paperwork to do, calling around to see which hospital would accept the patient, sometimes waiting for the police. Then it's a slow drive to a hospital that could be miles away

You can't possibly be serious. The whole purpose of an ambulance and paramedics is to get the patient to the nearest medical facilities ASAP lest they you know, DIE. The paramedics can only do so much triage in the bus. And what is this "calling around to which hospital would accept the patient"? Are you implying that ERs in Japan can REFUSE patients being brought in?!?!

It's not "Japan" but a medical institutions can become unable to accept patients due to hospital bed shortages or staff to handle the emergency. Covid patients have been refused.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

If she was alive and had no wounds, they may have put an IV in at the scene to give her some fluids before taking her to A&E.

I encountered a collapsed woman in Akihabara - freezing cold temperatures. A few guys were standing around. I persuaded one to call the police (not realising that there was a koban a few yards away). Two police turned up rapidly, spoke to one of the Japanese bystanders and called an ambulance. That also arrived rapidly and they took her to hospital. I never found out what happened, despite going back and asking the local police. I hope she was OK.

As for the paramedics, I've been blue-lighted to hospital twice in Tokyo. They do some advance checks on your identity/passport. They do seem to have options or negotiate which A&E to take you to. It will depend upon capacity (especially during the pandemic) and the seriousness of your condition. Paramedics in the UK do the same. Some hospitals have specialist care in different areas such as brain trauma, with the relevant staff and equipment.

As for the 'Nothing good happen too you after 2 am in the street[s] of Tokyo', I have been out and about in Tokyo's backstreets well past 2am and not had any problems. I wouldn't want to be out and about in London at that time.

I'm not a lawyer, but murderers tend not to phone the old bill and wait by their victims until they arrive.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

What the ..?!

4 ( +8 / -4 )

Foul play suspected

4 ( +4 / -0 )

RIP. Sad news.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Perhaps I phrased it wrongly. Having a Shibori towel stuffed in her mouth seems to me to be either an attempt to relieve an epileptic attack, or a murder with a warning to keep others silent.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

You can't possibly be serious. The whole purpose of an ambulance and paramedics is to get the patient to the nearest medical facilities ASAP lest they you know, DIE. The paramedics can only do so much triage in the bus. And what is this "calling around to which hospital would accept the patient"? Are you implying that ERs in Japan can REFUSE patients being brought in?!?!

I think the user lamilly is partly correct only. I say partly because covid patients in ambulances have been refused by private clinics during the pandemic. It made the news last year several times if I'm not wrong.

As for paperwork, that's only done once you're actually AT the hospital and being treated. I've been hospitalized in an ambulance twice in Japan and there certainly wasn't any paperwork involved during the ride there. Police also came to the hospital afterwards, not beforehand.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

It's not a case of ambulance arriving and patient taken immediately to the nearest hospital. When an ambulance arrives, there's paperwork to do, calling around to see which hospital would accept the patient, sometimes waiting for the police. Then it's a slow drive to a hospital that could be miles away

You can't possibly be serious. The whole purpose of an ambulance and paramedics is to get the patient to the nearest medical facilities ASAP lest they you know, DIE. The paramedics can only do so much triage in the bus. And what is this "calling around to which hospital would accept the patient"? Are you implying that ERs in Japan can REFUSE patients being brought in?!?!

0 ( +6 / -6 )

With no standard size, some oshibori can be quite large. The article does not say whether it was still inside the plastic wrapping, which if so would have blocked her airways.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

She was lying on her back, with a small hand towel stuffed into her mouth.

That’s from the other news about that unsolved murder case of 2008.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Check her workplace

-2 ( +13 / -15 )

It's not a case of ambulance arriving and patient taken immediately to the nearest hospital. When an ambulance arrives, there's paperwork to do, calling around to see which hospital would accept the patient, sometimes waiting for the police. Then it's a slow drive to a hospital that could be miles away

-6 ( +9 / -15 )

It seems to me that every time I read a story about someone being taken to a hospital they die shortly after arrival ?? or they die while being transported.

I am not sure if any treatments are being administered while in the ambulance ? No one seems to survive these ambulance trips for some reasons!!!

-7 ( +1 / -8 )

Cheap labor comes with drawbacks....

Be careful what you wish for Japan.

-14 ( +14 / -28 )

"Police said they are questioning two Vietnamese men who were near the scene when they arrived. One of the men made the 119 call, police said."

Wanna bet they will pin it on these men guilty or not. Perfect for the usual lazy and racist local coppers, oops, keystones.

-27 ( +13 / -40 )

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