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11-year-old boy dies after falling from 10th-floor apartment balcony

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An 11-year-old boy died after falling from the balcony of the 10th-floor apartment where he lived in Kumamoto on Thursday morning.

According to police, another resident called 110 at around 10 a.m. and said a boy had fallen from the 15-floor building and was lying on the sidewalk, local media reported. The boy was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead due to severe head and chest injuries.

Police said the boy was home alone at the time and that both his parents had gone to work.

The balcony has a one-meter-high wall.

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This is getting ridiculous.

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Suicide....

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High rise apartments are not ideal places to raise children. Though in this case I doubt it was an accident.

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It happens every year again and again , not all get coverage. Might be time to make balconies safer? You know make a rule that’s legal. I can’t imagine seeing, knowing my child’s last moments was watching the pavement rushing towards them.

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So utterly tragic. There are no words of condolences that can be offered to these grieving parents.

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Logic (not lack of compassion) makes me doubt very much that an 11 year-old boy would fall from a balcony.

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Certainly then @TrevorPeace 6:17pm many will be curious to what exactly are you alluding?

*- @TrevorPeace 6:17 pm: “Logic makes me doubt very much that an 11 year-old boy would fall from a balcony” *

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@TrevorPeace

Ever been an 11 year old boy? It's not out of the realm of possibility that he was balancing on the balcony for 'fun'.

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An 11 year old should not be at home alone.

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I’d be interested to know how many children die due to falling from apartments (balconies or windows) in somewhere like Hong Kong.

If these ‘accidents’ were just part and parcel of young kids living in apartment buildings, then I’d expect the numbers to be statistically similar.

It certainly seems that Japan has a serious problem with kids falling to their deaths on a regular basis.

By the way, a 1 meter high balcony wall on the 15th floor? Doesn’t that seem a bit low?

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Can this be right? Just a one-meter wall?

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Poor boy, he probably was bullied at school or got tired of the stupid corona life.

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Again a chair placed on the balcony, like in that other case only a few days before? Seems to have become a new hobby or bullying replacement.

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Another one? How unsafe are balconies in Japan that this is becoming a disturbing occurrence? Also, what is an 11-year-old doing at home alone? Far too young. RIP, kid. I hope wherever you are now is a happy, stress-free place.

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These stories are appearing with really alarming frequency. There really needs to be some serious discussion about how to prevent these horrible deaths.

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mhh 11 years ... I don't think it's a fatality, it looks more like suicide. I would investigate at school, the family, among "friends".

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An 11 year old should not be at home alone.

Why not?

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FFS, put some grills or netting up.

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@ Garthgoyle

An 11 year old should not be at home alone.

Why not?

Oh, I dunno. Because he might fall from a balcony 10 floors up...?

Oh...wait a minute.

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An 11 year old should not be at home alone.

Sadly, we live in a dual income world.

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Even if we're in Japan, I don't think an 11-year-old boy can be so "goofy" to fall off a 10-floor balcony at 10am. Surely a 4-year-old can but an 11-year-old... police must investigate on his "environment".

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@Yume I don't think an 11-year-old boy can be so "goofy" to fall off a 10-floor balcony at 10am. I agree Perhaps the boy was Autistic or somewhere on the spectrum. The parents may have left their son home many times and for as long as the balcony was there and all of a sudden the boy falls? There is more to this. The boy didn't just fall off the balcony!!!

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There is more to this. 

Considering the article consists of only five sentences, I'm pretty sure there is more to this. But speculation is pointless.

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Logic (not lack of compassion) makes me doubt very much that an 11 year-old boy would fall from a balcony.

My friend was 22 when he fell to his death through nothing more than thinking he'd be safe to sit on the edge of the ledge. Your logic is flawed.

And where are the moderators? So many ignorant comments suggesting opinions that are unwarranted.

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Garthgoyle

An 11 year old should not be at home alone.

Why not?

Because he might do something stupid like, climb over the balcony railing.

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Very sad! Police should investigate if he was being bullied at school!

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The high rise apartments in Shanghai I am familiar with have steel bars, screens or even windows on their balconies.

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Why not?

Uh did you not read this article? Kid took a nosedive from his balcony. Conclusion - he should not have been home alone.

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Because he might do something stupid like, climb over the balcony railing.

What if the parents (or single parent) are home taking a shower or cooking and the kid decides to do the same thing? Could still happen.

It's really sad what happened to this kid. But at 11 y/o kids are be able to do a few things by themselves. Like either walking alone or taking the train to school (and back home), playing outside with their friends or even staying home alone for some time.

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snowymountainhellOct. 15  05:37 pm JST

So utterly tragic. There are no words of condolences that can be offered to these grieving parents.

The tragedy of this in unspeakable. It's beyond human language.

TrevorPeaceOct. 15  06:17 pm JST

Logic (not lack of compassion) makes me doubt very much that an 11 year-old boy would fall from a balcony.

It can happen. When I was 14 one of my classmates (ith two younger kids) shimmied up the huge drain pipe to the roof of our old elementary school. The younger kids made it up there, my classmate didn't. He fell backwards and was killed by the impact.

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Tragic loss of your childhood friend @starpunk 12:26pm under (possibly) similar circumstances. - Though these words may not console these parents, your friend remains “Forever Young” in your remembrance of him:

- “And when you fin’lly fly away, I’ll be hoping that I served you well.

For all the wisdom of a lifetime, no one can ever tell.” - Forever Young, *Rod Stewart/Bob Dylan

Peace”, Brother.

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