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1 dead, 2 missing in water-related accidents on Sunday

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One girl died and two persons are missing after water-related accidents in Japan on Sunday.

Miyu Onda, a 4-year-old girl, was found on the bottom of the Mugi River in Yamagata City, Gifu prefecture, Fuji TV reported. She was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead. Miyu was playing in the river with three other kids at the time she went under.

Meanwhile, two men went missing in Kita-Akita City, Akita Prefecture, after they fell into the basin at the Sankai waterfall at Mt Moriyoshi at around 3 p.m. Police and firefighters searched for the two men, who came from Tokyo and Kanagawa, but called off the search at nightfall.The search resumed on Monday morning but so far has been unsuccessful.

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So three dead, then.

For a country with a huge public sector, we're very poor on - escalators excepted - public safety education.

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Three dead in a country of 130 million is not many at all.

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Three dead in a country of 130 million is not many at all.

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Wow you guys are cold!!

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I don't see it as cold, birth and death are parts of life.

Way more people suffer and die under sadder circumstances and go unnoticed and unreported.

Facts of life not being cold.

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Three dead in a country of 130 million is not many at all.

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3 dead in a country of 130 million is not many at all..

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Strangerland: "Three dead in a country of 130 million is not many at all."

It is when it was only Sunday, and only THIS Sunday, and when 100% of them were completely avoidable. Is it normal for you, when you read of a child dying, to say, "Meh! Plenty of others!"?

SenseNotSoCommon is exactly right -- there is some serious lack of education when it comes to water safety, or else just complete lack of people to enforce safety rules and/or help when there is trouble. Was little Miyu, RIP, and the three other kids playing in the river, being supervised by adults?

MyTimeIsYourTime: "3 dead in a country of 130 million is not many at all.."

Is your family name Sano or something? do you have anything original to add?

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It is when it was only Sunday, and only THIS Sunday, and when 100% of them were completely avoidable. Is it normal for you, when you read of a child dying, to say, "Meh! Plenty of others!"?

I didn't say that, and I feel horrible for the families. But the fact of life is that people will swim, and people will drown. Nothing is 100% avoidable. People who think that all death can be eradicated are kidding themselves. The law of diminishing returns kicks in - to reduce deaths to zero would cost more than any society could afford. And not just in monetary costs, but also in the fact that you end up with cold, boring nanny states where people don't have the freedom to do anything.

there is some serious lack of education when it comes to water safety

All, or nearly all, elementary, junior, and senior high schools in this country have pools. They have better water education here than in any other country in which I've lived.

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All, or nearly all, elementary, junior, and senior high schools in this country have pools. They have better water education here than in any other country in which I've lived.

So? Just because they have pools doesn't mean they are learning how to swim.

I didn't say that, and I feel horrible for the families. But the fact of life is that people will swim, and people will drown. Nothing is 100% avoidable. People who think that all death can be eradicated are kidding themselves. The law of diminishing returns kicks in - to reduce deaths to zero would cost more than any society could afford. And not just in monetary costs, but also in the fact that you end up with cold, boring nanny states where people don't have the freedom to do anything.

Completely agree with this sentiment...Especially on a different topic.

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Reading stories on here about kids drowning in rivers makes me nervous to live next to a big river here and having small children.

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Japan actually has a high drowning rate compared to other developed countries. Google search shows that Japan has a rate (per 100,000) of 2.4 compared to 0.8 for Canada and even less for UK and Germany.

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Three dead in a country of 130 million is not many at all.

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I've never had so many people agree with me word-for-word.

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It"S ME : A 4yr old drowns and the best you can come up with is 'I don't see it as cold, birth and death are parts of life.' Wonder if you'd state the same if it was your own child, your sisters child, your best friends child.

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Such sad news!

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Guy-Roky-Gin.

I would still feel and day the same(actually lived it), maybe my believes/creed.

Accidents can happen, seen many teens and young adults here drink and jump into fast flowing rivers from rocks or bridges, etc.

Easy to lose sight of playing kids or consider you can do/handle stuff is overconfident or might just be plain stupidity/inexperience.

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Sad

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