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15-year-old boy jumps to death from apartment building in Niigata

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A 15-year-old boy, wearing his school uniform, apparently jumped to his death from the 14th floor of an apartment building in Niigata City on Friday.

A local resident called 110 just after 8 a.m. and said there was a boy lying on the roof of the building’s electrical switchboard room, Sankei Shimbun. Police said the boy was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police said they are questioning the boy's family, classmates and teachers to see if he might have been bullied at school.

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I feel sorry for the resident who saw that at 8am. My friends father in law found a person hanging in a park by his house while running over 15 years ago. He never goes to the park, never looks at it, and walks 3km around it to go to the shop.

he didn’t even know the person.

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Very sad, very sad indeed.

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RIP.

I saw a young lady jump to her death in May 2018 in Tokyo........I will never forget the whoosh of her voice just before she hit the ground and the sight of her partner appearing on their 7th floor balcony looking down on the aftermath and shouting her name and the words stupid but in Japanese.

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Truly sad that at his age he did not want to continue his life. We need to watch our friends, family and children for signs of distress. Life is special and only available for a short time so don't waste it. RIP young man.

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Police said they are questioning the boy's family, classmates and teachers to see if he might have been bullied at school.

How about being bullied at home or perhaps he faced pressure from his parents? Maybe he didn't get into the Sr. High school he wanted. Sounds like he was probably a 9th grader. I'm sure they'll look into more than just his school life, but maybe, just maybe this sudden rash in suicides isn't just about bullying, but a problem with Japanese culture and the stress that comes with it.

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At least this kid didn't kill someone else when landing. Sorry that's callous, but it's their choice to end things when they could easily have sought help. When society here gets around to properly addressing suicide and the need to help and encourage the seeking of it, as well as properly addressing the causes of pushing people to do it, I'm there. In fact, I do so anyway and am often frowned upon for addressing the need for it. This it the result of that frown, and the desire for ignorance to take the place of education.

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Goodlucktoyou

I feel sorry for the resident who saw that at 8am.

He (she) will be reminded of that every Friday the 13th... Unfortunate timing.

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so young, sad that he never got to see the better days that come with getting out of JHS. Exam week in many JHS and maybe he was having a bad time of it. RIP

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so young, sad that he never got to see the better days that come with getting out of JHS.

You mean bullying bosses and tons of overtime. Yes, students in Japan really have a career to look forward to.

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Don't do it people, there always be a solution.. Fight, fight, fight !!..

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Those poor parents. My heart bleeds for the pain they must be feeling.

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smithinjapanNov. 13  06:26 pm JST

At least this kid didn't kill someone else when landing. Sorry that's callous, but it's their choice to end things when they could easily have sought help. When society here gets around to properly addressing suicide and the need to help and encourage the seeking of it, as well as properly addressing the causes of pushing people to do it, I'm there. In fact, I do so anyway and am often frowned upon for addressing the need for it. This it the result of that frown, and the desire for ignorance to take the place of education.

Yes, you're right. Your comment was callous.

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At least this kid didn't kill someone else when landing. Sorry that's callous, but it's their choice to end things

When society here gets around to properly addressing suicide and the need to help and encourage the seeking of it, as well as properly addressing the causes of pushing people to do it

The first statement is a HUGE part of the reason the second statement hasn’t yet come to pass. The first part of getting people to seek help is to remove the stigma around suicide. And you DON’T do that by treating people and situations like this ‘callously’, as you so coldly put it. All you are doing is contributing to at atmosphere that actively discouraged people from seeking help for fear of being judged.

You may think you’re helping people by ‘telling it like it is’ or by practicing ‘tough love’, but the truth is, you are part of the problem, not the solution.

Help is not nearly so easy to find as you would surmise and even if help is available, all the help in the world will mean nothing if the person is too ashamed of be treated ‘callously’ to seek it. I know what it’s like to teeter on the edge of a terrible decision. Maybe you haven’t. Who knows? But what I DO know is that you cannot treat people with callousness and then wonder aloud why no one seeks help.

A child is dead. Dead by his own hand. He’s not coming back. Everything he might have done in the future will never come to pass. All that’s left are survivors who will have to live with his absence keenly felt for the rest of their lives. A parent will have to bury their child. This is NOT the time for callousness.

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Mid-term exams?

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So very sad.....

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