An 18-year-old female university student in Kyoto died of alcohol poisoning in November, it was revealed Monday. The girl, a student at the arts faculty at Seika University, was attending a launch party for a university festival with friends when she died of acute alcohol poisoning.
According to the university, a group of students and alumni numbering around 100 people had gathered in a university plaza on Nov 26 to celebrate the launch of the festival and had been drinking since around 6 p.m. On the morning of Nov 27 at around 3:30 a.m., a friend noticed that the girl looked unwell and telephoned the emergency services. Shortly afterward, paramedics announced that she was dead. During questioning, other students in attendance denied that the girl had been coerced into drinking.
After concerns were voiced that the girl was under the legal drinking age of 20, a university investigation revealed that at least 24 other minors were in attendance. A university spokesman said, "We inform all students that underage drinking is illegal, but in light of recent events, we are looking into further prevention measures."© Compiled from news reports