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1 person dead, 10 hospitalized in Tokyo after choking on mochi

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Eleven people were taken to hospital on Tuesday after choking on on mochi (glutinous rice cakes) in Tokyo. One off them, a man in his 80s, died later in the day.

According to the Tokyo Fire Department, seven out of the 10 admitted to hospitals were over the age of 60, Fuji TV reported. 

Every year, prior to the New Year holidays, the Tokyo Fire Department advises the public to cut mochi into bite-size pieces and slowly chew the notoriously sticky food before swallowing. It also advises people to pay attention to infants and seniors when they are eating mochi. 

In one famous incident that occurred in 2001, a woman used a vacuum cleaner to suck the mochi out of her 70-year-old father's throat, saving his life.

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That's just Tokyo. I wonder how the rest of the country faired. There are usually around a dozen dearths every year. Other reports stated three of the ten admitted to hospital were in a serious condition.

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Every year. You'd think people would learn.

At least they don't serve it in senior homes and assisted living facility. So, it's good to know that somebody has figured it out.

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If it happens every year like clockwork, it isn't news, it's a known danger and thus preventable.

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Every year. You'd think people would learn.

As with the way far too many here think, it's always someone else's problem, until it's them!

They dont learn and barring or outlawing the sale, production and or consumption of mochi here (never going to happen) it will be a yearly "wash-rinse-repeat" article. Just have to change the date to 2020.

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I have never seen an American who says he likes mochi. They all say it is like a rubber.

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Sch...I am American and I LOVE mochi. Please do not speak for me. Mine is made by the local wagashi neighborhood place that makes it in their own premise. Super delicious. Three flavors. The best!

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It would be more surprising if NO ONE choked on mochi during new year.

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Is this really headline news?

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I have never seen an American who says he likes mochi. They all say it is like a rubber.

You don't know too many American's I bet! By the way, I have met quite a few Japanese who don't like mochi either.

To each his or her own!

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In one famous incident that occurred in 2001, a woman used a vacuum cleaner to suck the mochi out of her 70-year-old father's throat, saving his life.

So apart from using the Heimlich manoeuvre, do the Japanese government advice people to try using vacuum cleaners as first aids for choking on Mochi.

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"In one famous incident that occurred in 2001, a woman used a vacuum cleaner to suck the mochi out of her 70-year-old father's throat, saving his life."

Kudos to that woman. Always be sure to have a vacuum cleaner with an attachment that fits into your mouth handy.

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Every. Single. Year.

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sf2k: "Every. Single. Year."

Yup. People here aren't known for their long memories, or learning from them. TIJ and RIP.

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Kudos to that woman. Always be sure to have a vacuum cleaner with an attachment that fits into your mouth handy.

Ah attachment, I was wondering how the rotating brush was able to get the mochi out... Thanks

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