17-year-old girl hit, killed by train in Ibaraki


A 17-year-old girl died after she was hit by a train in Ushiku, Ibaraki Prefecture, on Friday night.

According to witnesses, the girl jumped off the platform into the path of a train at around 7:30 p.m. at Hitachinoushiku Station on the JR Joban Line, Kyodo News reported. The girl was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

None of the 400 passengers on the train were injured. JR said train operations were suspended for about 90 minutes, affecting an estimated 9,900 commuters.

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Poor child

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Shockingly sad!!

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Poor girl and her family. RIP

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Everyone's heart is going out to the teenage girl, and I share in that. But truth be told, committing suicide by jumping in front of a train or vehicle is a selfish way of offing oneself.

Imagine the how the driver feels, while not at fault, has to now live with the fact that they unintentionally killed someone.

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She permanently solved whatever temporary problem she was going through.

Leaving her friends and family a lifetime of questioning and sorrow.

Whatever her problems were, this was not the answer.

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In Canada, cities with metro stations all have notices on walls of stations with the number to call if any passenger is feeling suicidal. I think notices should also be posted on all buses. Do metro stations and buses have these notices in Japan? If they do, this poor girl might have read one and disuaded from jumping into the path of a speeding train to die in horribly tragic circumstances. Poor girl. So young.

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The title suggests it was an accident, which was not

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The title suggests it was an accident, which was not

The title is purposefully written in passive voice, focusing on the result, not the cause. This may feel weird, as media has traditionally reported the cause of the death. This is due to evolving media ethics. The word suicide is avoided, so as to not create suicidal ideation in people who may not be doing so well.

Reporting of deaths of celebrities by suicide appears to have made a meaningful impact on total suicides in the general population. The effect was larger for increases by the same method as used by the celebrity. General reporting of suicide did not appear to be associated with suicide although associations for certain types of reporting cannot be excluded. The best available intervention at the population level to deal with the harmful effects of media reports is guidelines for responsible reporting. These guidelines should be more widely implemented and promoted, especially when reporting on deaths of celebrities by suicide.

For anyone that needs help:

It's ok to not be ok. It's ok to need help. Reach out.

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I believe anyone could pronounce her death right on site.

Sorry for her and her family/friends.

Help notices on the platform would be in fact a very good thing.

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i wonder what criteria is used to report on these individual tragedies - why one suicide is reported but hundreds not. It would have made more sense if the article went on to explain how common this method is.

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The bullying that goes on schools in Japan, and of course I cannot know if this is the situation but many times it is the case and or domestic abuse at home and the only way out in the mind of a young person is taking their own life.

Another case, this young girl could be living in an orphanage and life there can be even more traumatic where these children are released at the age of 18 with a brown paper bag and 20 thousand yen and a good luck to you from my understanding.

My heart breaks over the loss of this young person who should not be judged because clearly, she was suffering quite deeply for her to take this drastic action and ending her life.

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