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Girl injured by 17-year-old boy's suicide leap in Osaka dies in hospital

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A 17-year-old boy jumped to his death from a shopping mall and entertainment complex in Osaka on Friday, and hit a 19-year-old girl walking below. The girl died in hospital on Saturday.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 5:50 p.m. at HEP FIVE in Kita Ward, Sankei Shimbun reported. Both the boy, who was a high school student, and the girl were taken to hospital where the boy died about 40 minutes later. The girl, who is a university student from Hyogo Prefecture, fell into a coma and died on Saturday afternoon.

Police said the boy jumped from the 10th floor, leaving his tote bag containing his ID and personal belongings there.

Access to the 10th floor rooftop is not available to the public. However, there is a staff elevator which the boy is believed to have used to get to the 10th floor. As he opened the door to the rooftop area, an alarm went off, but by the time security guards arrived, he had already jumped.

HEP FIVE is a famous Osaka entertainment landmark with a ferris wheel on its roof. It is located near Osaka and Umeda stations.

Editor's note: Story has been updated to show the girl has died. If you or anyone you know may be in need of counseling, call TELL at 03-5774-0992.

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I used to love HEP 5 when I lived in Osaka.

There's a LOT of people out front, especially if they are waiting for the traffic light to change.

Pedestrians were lucky not more people were hit by this fool.

14 ( +16 / -2 )

Poor girl. If want to die, go where no one is there, maybe jump from cliff. Can't be in crowd.

17 ( +21 / -4 )

I walk past there every other day. I do hope the young lady recovers. Quite traumatic for other pedestrians and witnesses having seen a couple of suicides here in Osaka too. Part of life in Japan though.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

When visiting Osaka, HEP FIVE was always the meeting place. I was always people watching, but never watching up.

9 ( +10 / -1 )

but never watching up.

Real good point there. unfortunately that has to change now.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

The jumping boy deserves a manslaughter charge...

I'd feel disturbed if the free area near Hep Five would be largely curtailed or permanently closed to pedestrians for safety reason (despite a single, highly unusual incident).

-11 ( +1 / -12 )

Deaths by suicide are always a tragedy, especially in the young, but the girl who died as a result is particularly tragic.

22 ( +23 / -1 )

RIP and condolences to the loved ones of both deceased.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

The jumping boy deserves a manslaughter charge...

Considering he's dead, I don't think there's much point to that.

10 ( +13 / -3 )

Japan is a country that is mostly mountains with a lot of steep and deep cliffs. Why do people choose places that affect others to perform suicide?

7 ( +10 / -3 )

Considering he's dead, I don't think there's much point to that.

You better know sarcasm.... Technically, police will have to inquire and send the case (documents) to the prosecutor office. They also have to suspect any foul play. Police work regardless of the boy's life status.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

Feel sorry for that girl walking by. Hope she can fully heal from her injuries.

She's been pronounced dead. RIP.

Japan is a country that is mostly mountains with a lot of steep and deep cliffs. Why do people choose places that affect others to perform suicide?

I understand your feelings, such thoughts emerge quite naturally. At the same time I wouldn't like to help inspire more suicides or suicidal behaviors. A really touch dilemma to resolve..

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

Rest in peace to both. Way too young. Posters don't understand the mind of a 17 year old who wants to end it.

I don't think other people 10 floors below are a major concern for a teenager who is about to end their life. And I don't think they mean to take others out either. The real issue here is that Japan has a serious suicide problem among young people and clearly is failing in education and counseling. Bullying and student pressure is a big issue here.

It is awful for the poor girl. But neither of them would have died if his issues were recognised and supported.

Rest in peace.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

As if the selfishness and cowardice of suicide needing more proving, the very last thing this selfish little kid did before killing himself is murdering someone else. Instead of working hard to seek help, the kid took the easy way, and killed another young girl, probably enjoying her life, as his last act. Quite the legacy.

0 ( +6 / -6 )

What a complete loser...

Top tip for the terminal sad cases...

Go home, take a bath, light some charcoal brackets and die in peace without bothering others!

-2 ( +5 / -7 )

Or chose life and move on !

Yes thats better!

0 ( +3 / -3 )

If you want to commit suicide that is your problem, but do not kill others in your cowardly attempt of not to want to live anymore instead of fighting..

1 ( +4 / -3 )

I can not imagine walking down the street and getting hit and dying from some idiot jumping onto the street below. What a waste of two lives. If you want to terminate your life, please consider how to to do it, the consequences and how your death and means will impact others. Not to be mean but people that commit suicide are definitely in need of therapy but don't take others with you if you decide to end yours.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

Editor's note: Story has been updated to show the girl has died.

Thank you for this update - I’ve never seen this on JT before. It’s one step further toward professionalism, but a timestamp of the edit time should also be included.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

A double tragedy and who are we to judge?

4 ( +4 / -0 )

If you're going to jump from Hep5 then you know you're going to hit someone. As much as I feel sorry for the kid taking his own life, I'm pretty pissed off he did it there of all places and killed a girl just starting her life.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Remember the good ol days when people would just jump infront of a train to kill themselves? Now with all the safety barriers, people are now jumping off buildings and stabbing people.

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

Remember the good ol days when people would just jump infront of a train to kill themselves?

Yeah, only for them to bounce back, hitting and injuring other passengers on the platform.

I remember the good old days when people would just take some tablets, washed down with plenty of alcohol.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Suicide has been with mankind since time immemorial.

Commiting suicide is not a "loser" thing to do. It's a desperate solution, often to a desparate situation(s).

It's a complicated set of reasons that can lead to the act. Some are more planned out than others. RIP to both the victims.

HEP FIVE is a famous Osaka entertainment landmark with a ferris wheel on its roof. It is located near Osaka and Umeda stations.

Thanks.

Also, just an idea, it might be helpful to post contact details for the Japanese helplines that those of us who need to talk or have been affected by this (and many other similar stories) can get in touch with.

I don't know the official (if any) helplines/organizations but a swift search shows this

https://telljp.com/lifeline/

and

Yorisoi Hotline, which can be contacted at 0120-279-338 (in Japanese) and has a special communication line for people feeling suicidal, has been receiving one call after another. According to one of its operators Lifelink, a Tokyo-based incorporated nonprofit organization providing support measures to prevent suicide, there were only six consultations related to the new coronavirus in February. The figure shot up to 23 in March and soared to 156 in April.

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20200509/p2a/00m/0na/018000c

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Dear parents,

We all want our children to succeed in life, and sometimes we push them a little.

Let's just realize when maybe we are pushing them too hard.

From, One man's opinion
0 ( +1 / -1 )

Kumagaijin: "Remember the good ol days when people would just jump infront of a train to kill themselves?"

You mean the same people whose bodies then fly off and hit a bunch of others, injuring some seriously and traumatizing many, many others?

"Now with all the safety barriers, people are now jumping off buildings and stabbing people."

Actually, both those have been going on for ages, but the barriers HAVE probably prevented all the pathetic drunks from falling onto the tracks at enkai season. You seriously think someone who wants to kiss a train can't get up a barrier?

0 ( +1 / -1 )

NosugarinmytankOct. 25  04:51 pm JST

Dear parents,

We all want our children to succeed in life, and sometimes we push them a little.

Let's just realize when maybe we are pushing them too hard.

From, One man's opinion

Or maybe they ain't supporting their kids with the emotional help and upbringing that they need. Too many parents are so pedantic and not in touch with their kids' feelings or experiences. And some just don't give a damn.

u_s__reamerOct. 25  07:41 am JST

A double tragedy and who are we to judge?

Suicidal people are usually so deperate and depressed they see only ONE way out, ONE way to get them away from a life of being misunderstood, not listened to and/or ignored and mistreated.

And there's a lot stress going on for kids at age 17. And society all over the world has a lot of pedantry and 'sweeping things under the rug' mentality that just won't work anymore, if it ever really did.

Time to wake up, world!

>

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I’m not condoning his actions nor advocating suicide but when these people do these thing they are under such pressure or in such dark places that logic and reason as left far behind. They are consumed by the troubles they’re going through and need to find a way out. My sympathies to all concerned. To anyone considering suicide hold on, it may look wet storm and windy but it never rains every day.

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