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Miwa Asao back in public eye after sister's death

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Professional beach volleyball player Miwa Asao, 22, on Tuesday appeared at a PR event for Asahi Brewery's “Clear Asahi” beer. Asao is the image character for the product.

Asked about her 17-year-old sister who died in a car accident on Sept 5, Asao said, “I'm OK now. I will work harder not only for her but also for myself in the next beach volleyball tournament.”

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Wonder if the sister would have survived had she been wearing a helmet? Am happy the girl is able to come back though.

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"Clear Asahi beer"

That stuff is not beer.

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A Mainichi report on the incident said that her condition was deemed 'non-life threatening' despite receiving a large blow to the head, but she died in hospital after her condition worsened.

Interesting. Could be a sign of a Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) aka nosocomial infection, in other words an infection that she contracted in hospital. This could be a surgical site infection (SSI), urinary tract infection (UTI), ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), catheter-related bloodstream infection (CRBSI) etc., of which the two latter ones are probably the ones with the highest mortality rate.

The level of infection control and HAI surveillance in Japan is pretty low and antibiotics are often used imprudently. As a result, I would expect that antibiotic resistance is is quite high in Japan.

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I just hope that she didn't die because of malpractice

Indeed. A Mainichi report on the incident said that her condition was deemed "non-life threatening" despite receiving a large blow to the head, but she died in hospital after her condition worsened.

I'm not saying the doctors were negligent, but there certainly is that possibility when a patient's condition is presented as non-life threatening, and then they die soon afterwards.

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Blue Tiger Last statistics I saw (about six months ago) showed that driving while intoxicated are going down very fast - because of a couple of new laws. Too bad about her sister and her family. RIP.

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Another tragic story with a youngster losing their life. I feel for Miwa and can only be thankful she has the strength to carry on. Her public life may be vastly different form her personal life. But for now, she is Ok.

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Can't really agree with her doing a beer ad, as drinking and driving is on the rise here in Japan....

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I feel kinda bad oogling her picture under the circumstances

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Would have been a good chance to plug for bicycle and car safety, but we can't hold the missed opportunity against her.

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Her sister was 17 years old and died several weeks after the accident (being hit by a car on August 12th when riding a bicycle). http://www.asahi.com/national/update/0909/NGY200809090001.html

All this happended in Mie-ken, Suzuka-City. Very tragic. Rest in peace.

I just hope that she didn't die because of malpractice. Japanese countryside hospitals are scary. Although unfair to many good physicians in Japan, the level of Japanese hospitals is much lower than in US or Europe.

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She's gorgeous.

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More power to her. People have different ways of handling grief. What is important is that life has to go on.

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People have different ways of grieving - some people cry, some people joke, some people drown their sorrows in 3rd-category beer.

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Welcome back Miwa, really sorry about what happened to your sister.

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Oh ya, when my close family member died when I was a teenager years ago, I still had to go to school the following week. I wasn't a mumbling, bumbling mess like people think "all" grieving people SHOULD act like, I was perfectly normal to the outside world. We all have lives we have to continue with. If I was a celebrity and had a family member die, it's no problem showing up in the public eye a few weeks after the fact. Miwa is not the only celebrity in the world to do such a thing.

Again, nice to see her again.

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Different people have different grieving methods. Perhaps she wasn't close to her sister, or who knows. We certainly don't know.

Anyhow nice to see her again, she's looking great as always.

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yeah, me too. or a hefty cheque for an Asahi PR event

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Blimey, she looks pretty happy, all things considered. It would take me much longer than 2 weeks to be out in public and smiling again after such a tragedy

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Wow, that's less than a couple of weeks ago. Gotta say she's weathering her sibling's death pretty well. Pretty tough on the inside as well as the outside.

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