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14-year-old girl dies after being found on street

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A 14-year-old girl died Friday after being found lying on a street in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture.

A pedestrian called 119 at around 8:20 a.m. to report that a girl was lying on the street. Police said the girl was unconscious and bleeding from her ears and mouth, Fuji TV reported. She was taken to hospital but did not regain consciousness and died shortly afterwards.

The girl was found directly below a pedestrian bridge. Police believe she may have jumped in a suicide attempt as her bag and bicycle were on the bridge.

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Incredibly sad. Can't help but think of yesterday's article about the ever shrinking number of children. Perhaps the priority should be on taking care of kids who've already been born--putting an end to the shamefully high rate of child poverty, taking real action to stop the bullying that almost always ends up being the cause of tragedies like this.

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jcapan Today  06:20 am JST

Incredibly sad. Can't help but think of yesterday's article about the ever shrinking number of children. Perhaps the priority should be on taking care of kids who've already been born--putting an end to the shamefully high rate of child poverty, taking real action to stop the bullying that almost always ends up being the cause of tragedies like this.

Yes, this.

Japanese kids have a (relatively speaking) unnecessarily hard life

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Japanese kids have a (relatively speaking) unnecessarily hard life

Wholeheartly agree.  There needs to be a limit on club activities and cram schools.  People always cite bullying as a cause of suicide.  But people tend to overlook the equally dangerous overwork/overstress of club activities that seem to go on Sundays and national holidays and cram schools/eikaiwa that cut into what little time they have left after school.  Bullying is a huge problem and is the cause of many suicides, but just as we acknowledge Karoshi takes the lives of adults sometimes in the way of suicide, we should also acknowledge that long club activities and cram schools can be just as easy to blame.

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If kids started school at 5 years old, they would save a years study and parents could return to work earlier.

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Some years ago (1980) an official attempt was made to introduce more freetime into the children's week, and it was called Yutori Kyoiku. Education with breathing space, pressure-free education, etc. hoping to introduce some of the goodness of western education. It didn't work as it was intended for a number of reasons, and it was fiercely criticized to the point that some blamed all the ills of modern youth upon it.

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Yutori kyoiku is a joke.

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It breaks my heart reading this news

it reminds me of another case in Singapore

a 11 year old girl submitted her exam results to her dad

this exam is national exam

her dad notice there was some alteration on the exam slip

her dad immediately drove to school to clarify

and before he reached home, the poor girl jumped from a highrise

apartment

society place precedence of performance over life

sad

i always broke down into tears when I read this type of man made tragedy

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