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4-year-old girl dies after falling from 25th-floor balcony in Osaka

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A four-year-old girl died after she fell from the balcony of her family’s 25th-floor apartment in Osaka on Wednesday morning.

According to police, the body of Kanon Hayashi, wearing pajamas, was seen on the roof of the first-floor entrance to the apartment building in Kita Ward by another resident at around 6:10 a.m., Fuji TV reported. The child was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival due to severe head injuries.

Police said Kanon lived with her two-year-old sister and 41-year-old mother. 

Police said Kanon’s mother told them she had gotten up early to do some housework and thought her daughter was in her room at the time of the accident.

The balcony has a 130-cm-high glass railing. There is a chair on the balcony which police believe Kanon climbed up on before falling over the railing.

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Absolutely horrible news. Rest in Peace. The parents will never forgive themselves.

I've said it before - why not make it compulsory to install netting enclosing the balcony in high rise buildings to prevent these tragedies? I lived in a high rise apartment building in Japan where every balcony has netting to prevent pigeons getting in - not too different in effect if the netting was made stronger.

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I really can't understand anyone with young children choosing to live above the second floor. Why take the risk?

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Absolutely agree with you Mr. Kipling. I was terrified at the hotel in Hawaii on the 6th floor with a balcony with my toddler. They just want to climb. Being from Florida with ranch style houses, anything above the second floor is too high for me.

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I really can't understand anyone with young children choosing to live above the second floor. Why take the risk?

I am with you. I chose to live in a house rather than remain in a building as the kids got older mainly because of tragedies like this. However, for those that can't afford a house, they have to live in high-rise low income apartment buildings and you have to take what you can get as it is hard to get in some places.

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…again.

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Mr KiplingToday  05:35 pm JST

I really can't understand anyone with young children choosing to live above the second floor. Why take the risk?

There's no great risk as high rise buildings have high barriers with vertical bars or similar to prevent children from climbing on them these days. Buildings this high usually don't have outside access and children at 4 would probably be scared to go near the edge of a balcony. A single, 41-year-old mother with a baby - she must be under incredible stress.

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Fighto!Today  05:15 pm JST

I've said it before - why not make it compulsory to install netting enclosing the balcony[...]

Because I live in a tall building, have no kids, and dont want to be forced to have a cage around the balcony.

Horrible news though, such a loss.

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Again, might be time to review building codes. Or education.

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What I don’t get is people’s inability to see danger. Any object that could be climbed upon shouldn’t have been there on a balcony . Very sad.

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So terribly sad. Rest in peace little one.

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JHC, who the heck puts a chair on a balcony when living with a 4 year old???

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Letsberealistic........

A single, 41-year-old mother with a baby - she must be under incredible stress.

That was my first thought too...

When looking for a place to live I excluded anything above 2 floors, for safety and also high rises are not a good environment for children or adults (in my opinion), unless we are looking at silly money places.

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It’s really strange for me to read comments from people about being nervous above the second floor with children as if this article demonstrates that it’s inherently dangerous.

*The balcony has a 130-cm-high glass railing. There is a chair on the balcony which police believe Kanon climbed up on before falling over the railing.*

Seems to me if you live on a high floor with young children, you should be more careful about the objects you leave on the balcony.

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A chair on the balcony???? Are they frigging serious with a 4 year old in the house????

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if you have young children living in an apartment with a balcony who the hell wouldn’t lock the door to the balcony??? Tragedy but sadly for everyone concerned it was an avoidable one!

RIP Little one

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Again.

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I have stop locks on the sliding doors and windows to prevent my cats from sharing the same fate. Why aren't these standard for houses with children?

So awful all around.

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"who the heck puts a chair on a balcony when living with a 4 year old?"

A cigarette smoker puts a chair on a balcony because they cannot stand while smoking.

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Tragic news. Although living so high is dangerous with toddlers around, why did they leave a chair next to the balcony wall? No chair and this wouldn’t have happened.

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This is horribly tragic but also, why was there a chair on the balcony?? Also, why wasn't the balcony door locked and childproofed? You can't watch kids 24/7; the least you could do is to minimize danger and risk in the home.

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So tired of hearing this kind of incident so often, and the complete neglect -- whether it be not watching your kids, or the open windows and clutter on balconies that lets them climb up and over. I'm going to guess there is little to no child-proofing in the residence, and now their child is gone. Sigh. Would be nice if high rises starting putting up protective nets. I know it's not pretty, and that's why they won't do it, but the number of lives they'd save in one week alone would easily make it worth it.

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I really can't understand anyone with young children choosing to live above the second floor. Why take the risk?

No everyone has that choice. It’s possible that this apartment was what they could afford. Or what was available. Or they were living there before they had their kid and couldn’t afford to move for one reason or another. Not everyone can have the luxury of being choosy with where they live or are able to afford to move once they have a child.

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You can't be on guard 24 hours a day, accidents happen..... that's why you probably be better off not living on the 25th floor with toddlers.

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That's over 6 floors for every year of her existence.

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purple_depressed_baconToday  09:33 pm JST

This is horribly tragic but also, why was there a chair on the balcony?? Also, why wasn't the balcony door locked and childproofed? You can't watch kids 24/7; the least you could do is to minimize danger and risk in the home.

You can have a stepladder on a balcony on the 100th floor and a herd of toddlers with no issues if you take the proper precautions.

Locks for siding doors that are simple to install and easy to use for adults and children old enough to not accidentally fall off the balcony are widely available.

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JoeintokyoToday  09:39 pm JST

That's over 6 floors for every year of her existence.

This is an extremely vulgar comment to make as it minimizes the decedent’s life in favor of the number of floors she fell.

Foul.

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So terribly sad. Rest in peace little one.

I do wonder about people when they downvote my comment above. Good lord.

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 There is a chair on the balcony which police believe Kanon climbed up on before falling over the railing.

Just plain stupid!

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Whenever there is a news report about a small child falling from a tall building, I'm reminded of Eric Clapton and his Tears in Heaven song he wrote after losing his son to a similar tragedy. RIP

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This is an extremely vulgar comment to make as it minimizes the decedent’s life in favor of the number of floors she fell.

Foul.

So you didn't give me the one up vote?

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

Confused as to how raising the issue of whether this was an accident or not is 'vulgar/offensive', I will attempt to use a different approach in an effort to not 'offend'.

In cases like this, (where a family member has died due to an accident), are investigations undertaken or is the parent always believed outright? Would it be prudent to check security cameras for example?

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JoeintokyoToday  12:36 pm JST

> So you didn't give me the one up vote?

I did to be ironic.

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It's amazing how many people seem to think it's not a moronic idea to put a chair on a balcony when living on the 25th floor with a 4 year-old...

Hope they never become parents.

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