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3-year-old girl falls to her death from balcony of high-rise apartment in Hiroshima

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A three-year-old girl died after apparently falling from the balcony of a high-rise apartment where she lived with her family in Hiroshima on Tuesday.

An apartment resident called 119 at around 6 p.m. and said that a child was lying on the ground in front of the 53-floor building, broadcaster NTV reported. The girl was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Police said the girl, who was at home alone with her mother, fell from the balcony of the apartment between the 20th and 30th floors but did not give any further details on which floor.

Police said the balcony railing is 135 cms high. They said a small step stool was found beside the railing and believe the child stood up on it before falling over the railing.

The child's mother said she last saw her daughter alone in her room and that the stool was usually in the child's room, leading police to believe the girl brought it out herself. The kitchen door to the balcony was open, police said.

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Horrible tragedy. Is childproofing not a thing here? In the US, there is a whole industry of products to prevent infants and toddlers from getting into places they shouldn't get into, touching stuff they shouldn't touch, banging their heads, electrocuting themselves, etc. Most parents outfit their homes with the full gamut of childproofing devices.

A childproof latch on the veranda door would have prevented this senseless tragedy.

1 ( +9 / -8 )

Please, i don't want to hear this kind of news anymore

Let's all be vigilant

2 ( +7 / -5 )

Very sad!

6 ( +8 / -2 )

So sad.

Apparently occurred here …

https://www.hitoto-hiroshima.jp/

https://mainichi.jp/articles/20240416/k00/00m/040/363000c

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Absolutely heartbreaking. Poor, poor girl.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

Shocking and tragic news, Rest in Peace.

I've said on here at least 20 times before: why isn't safety netting underneath ALL balconies mandated by law? I guarantee another such tragedy will happen again soon without the mandatory netting.

-12 ( +3 / -15 )

what? safety netting? It's not a construction site.

And if in China, safety nets advertise the building has a high risk of suicides. That's sure going to get people rushing to live there!!

6 ( +9 / -3 )

Rest In Peace, little angel.

2 ( +6 / -4 )

RIP

I can't say I approve of people with kids living in a luxury twenty-plus story apartment. Newbuild tower mansions are super expensive, and their occupants can easily afford a house if they wanted one. A house would be much better for the child's wellbeing, never mind their safety. Even a low-rise apartment would be better.

7 ( +10 / -3 )

Another sad tragic death. Windows can have bars and limitors to stop the windows from fully opening.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

Fighto!

Shocking and tragic news, Rest in Peace.

I've said on here at least 20 times before: why isn't safety netting underneath ALL balconies mandated by law? I guarantee another such tragedy will happen again soon without the mandatory netting.

Mandatory safety railings of minimum height around balconies, and childproof latches on balcony doors and windows, would make much more sense.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

Sad.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

How can Japan companies design earthquake proof buildings yet are utterly incompetent in making them toddler proof?

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

All the childproofing will not be an apt replacement for parents’ due diligence. Not to say there isn’t room for improvement always, but this could happen on the street, in a mall, anywhere. Please keep a sharp eye on your toddlers/kids. For their sake, and yours.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Mandatory safety railings of minimum height around balconies, and childproof latches on balcony doors and windows, would make much more sense.

Unfortunately humans make critical errors, surprisingly often. Boxes are sometimes stored on balconies, and kids climb up on them; people forget to latch doors and windows.

The safety net is a life-saver of last resort. Yes - they are ugly - but who cares when they save a few kids each year.

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

Tough news. Hard to read.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

On what height buildings would these mandatory safety nets be mandated on?

And at what intervals?

The logistics of even a 'minimal' safety net policy on just the tallest of residential buildings makes almost no sense, let alone a broader policy, which would be completely unworkable, illogical and unfeasible for so many reasons it boggles the mind, making less than zero-sense.

A three-year old can fall a meter and not survive.

Installing and maintaining safety nets would probably cost more lives in accidents.

Plus, it's really a false sense of security as it's highly unlikely survivable, and on the rare occasions it is the kid will probably toddle off the net while trying to free oneself after their fall, negating the alleged purpose.

Even worse, it may encourage kids to take the plunge and try out the "trampoline" that they saw on TV/tablet, defeating the purpose even more.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

Again? Why would anyone with small children live in a sky box?

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

One reason I chose a ground level townhouse. Also I don’t like tall buildings in case of fire or an earthquake.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

@kohakuebisu Land in Japan is very expensive this is the reason most developers build up. Its not whether you approve of ones living conditions or lifestyle its just your opinion as well as mine. You mentioned mansions being expensive, this kind of problem is not just related to people who can afford, it happens where families with lower or middle incomes live. The same type of accident can happen anywhere, I question your logic, homes are very expensive and you say a house would be much better for a child's well being, not everyone can own a home, hell some can barely rent an apartment. Besides a child can trip and fall whats your point!!!

RIP

I can't say I approve of people with kids living in a luxury twenty-plus story apartment. Newbuild tower mansions are super expensive, and their occupants can easily afford a house if they wanted one. A house would be much better for the child's wellbeing, never mind their safety. Even a low-rise apartment would be better.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Why would anyone with small children live in a sky box?

We don't all have much of a choice. We lived on the 10th floor of a 12-story apartment for about three years before our daughter was five years old. There was no way we could afford a house at the time.

Like most of our neighbors, we took care to make sure there was no easy way for our daughter to get over the balcony railing. But I guess that possibility was always around.

It's a horrible story, but sadly, accidents happen. A child falling from a balcony or a child running out of the house into the road and getting struck by a car - which is more likely?

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Avoidable death..

Parents, keep an eye on your children..

ALWAYS..

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

Fighto!Apr. 17  05:54 pm JST

Shocking and tragic news, Rest in Peace.

I've said on here at least 20 times before: why isn't safety netting underneath ALL balconies mandated by law? I guarantee another such tragedy will happen again soon without the mandatory netting.

Where is safety netting underneath all balconies mandated by law? Is that such a thing?

1 ( +3 / -2 )

TokyoLivingToday  03:39 am JST

Avoidable death..

Parents, keep an eye on your children..

ALWAYS..

Impossible and if parents did somehow manage to do that posters would be complaining about how they are helicopter parents raising child unable to assess risk for themselves.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

I find it very hard to believe a 3 year old child could climb over a 135 cm high railing by herself even with a small step stool.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

runner3

I find it very hard to believe a 3 year old child could climb over a 135 cm high railing by herself even with a small step stool.

Tell me you never had a 3 year old without telling me you never had a 3 year old. Houdini had nothing on the average toddler.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Come on. All these people trying to insinuate that somehow the parents weren't vigilant enough, or the laws aren't protective enough in Japan is just shrill guff.

Little kids aren't robots and unless you keep them locked in a cage, they are never 100% safe at any point because they do unpredictable things you simply cannot anticipate - from the very first time they start moving right through to when they are young adults.

This is just a terrible accident, and they happen. I feel for the mother, who is most probably beyond distraught right now. The very last thing she needs is people who don't know any better, pointing their fingers at her.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

To the person that downvoted me: you’re a piece of s–/t.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

Mr Kipling.

even with a step stool it would be extremely difficult for a 3 year old to pull themselves over a 135cm railing.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

This is Hiroshima, it is not Dubai or Hong Kong. The population is decreasing, land won't be expensive, and there will be lots of akiya. A tower mansion is not an apartment for folks who cant afford houses. They are luxury blocks built by real estate speculators and designed to give the feeling of a luxury hotel. Luxury hotels generally don't have balconies or even windows that open, which means they don't have issues with people falling out of them.

A parent living on the twentieth floor of a brand new tower mansion is spending more money than a house (please do not plead poverty) so their child can be completely disconnected from the outside. That is what I do not approve of. The hotel like design of tower mansions also means installation of safety nets is unlikely. Most tower mansion residents will want the building to look sleek, not have lots of stuff sticking out of it. They will not want children's bikes or toys being left outside people's front doors, or children playing anywhere near the lobby. If the soundproofing is not as good as it should be, tower mansion residents are likely to be less tolerant of noise (tantrums, kids jumping up and down etc) coming from your unit than ordinary apartment block residents. They will not be young family-friendly places.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Can't these architects do a better job of preventing accidents like this.

This seems to happen nearly every week and it's tragic.

'Thoughts and prayers' are not enough here. Something has to be done to stop repeats of these tragedies.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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