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4-year-old girl dies in Gunma house fire


A 4-year-old girl died in a house fire in Oizumi town, Gunma Prefecture, on Monday night, police said Tuesday.

The fire broke out on the 2nd floor of a wooden house around 9 p.m. A passerby called 119 and firefighters battled the blaze for about 90 minutes before finally putting it out, TV Asahi said.

Police said the house belonged to Takayasu Koyama, 35, who lived there with his wife and two children. Koyama and his wife were at work and their daughter and 7-year-old son were home by themselves at the time of the fire, TV Asahi quoted police as saying.

The boy managed to escape from the fire, but the body of the girl was found in her bedroom, police said. Firefighters have not yet determined the cause of the fire, TV Asahi reported.

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How sad. :(

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RIP! Yet another set of bad parents never leave young ones home alone.

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Sad to say but way too many houses and apartments still don't have the compulsory fire-alarms/sensors.

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Idiots! Why in the hell do they BOTH have to WORK at the SAME time?? If one of the parents were actually there to SUPERVISE, just keep an eye on the kids, my guess, is that this terrible tragedy would have never happened! Now these 2 fools will have to live the rest of their lives with the pain and guilt that their little 4 year old daughter not only died because of their stupidity but BURNED, such a painful horrible terrible way to die, let alone a little girl, the same age as mine!! Bastards!! RIP little angel and may your death not be in vain, let other adults think about how much $$$ they want and what they should do to earn it with out having this kind of stupid terrible tragedy occur.

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Elbuda Mexicano, How dare you judge these people! You have no idea their life circumstances. If earning a living = "stupidity" then I really feel sorry for you. It's truly unfortunate the circumstances of this tragedy but you have no idea if these children were rasied in a loving home or not. You'd be surprised how resourceful and resposible some children are even at the age of seven. Yes, these parents will live with the regret and guilt for the rest of their lives. With a negative 2 on your comments it's obvious other agree with me.

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May God rest her soul.

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Leaving a seven year old home alone is bad enough. But to leave one in charge of a four year old is TOTALLY irresponsible.


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Can't really comment as we don't know the work schedules of the parents, might work different hours.

If they work different hours than one might get hit with OT and thus the kids are left alone. Neither do we know what actually caused the blaze.

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Perhaps the daughters life could have been saved if only once parent was working as they would have been living under a blue sheet outside.

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Why did this parents leave kids home alone ? Couldn't they expect what would happen ?

Can an only 7 years old boy be in charge of his 4 years old sister? Never!!

And I guess it would be a lying of their explanation of going out. They just had a nightlife! If they'd explain with honesty, they'll be blamed.

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People make choices. Live out doors or both go to work. Have you ever been in that position?

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Both parents working at 9pm? And leaving the kids home alone while so young. Sounds like a tragic wake-up call to the parents.

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Leaving minor aged kids alone at home is pretty common in Japan. They don't think it's bad. They most likely make excuses saying "It is a good think kids stay by themselves at home, so they'll learn to be independent." - They would say it's a culture here, so get out of here.

If that's a culture here, then they must bring back other cultural stuff, such as neighbors take care of the kids in the vicinity, etc. But I know they would never want to do that. They will start saying, "It's a violation of privacy."

They have picked only what they like out of western culture. They haven't really got anything right.

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I hope she went painlessly and quikly.

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Hey, sorry, if these parents are too stupid to work at the same time, leaving small children ALONE, this is CRIMINAL! Japan is not a poor country, these folk could ask the government for help if they could not afford to look after their children, this is how I dare say these idiots are responsible for the death of their daughter. Even a dog, a cat does not leave their kids alone like this, but we have idiot parents, not just here in Japan but in many places that sometimes leave me wondering about their IQ levels, maybe there should be some kind of IQ test before anybody thinks they can take on having kids and actually TAKE CARE of them, one thing just to hop in bed, do the nasty, pop out kids, but another complete thing is to LOVE, educate, PROTECT your children 24/7. IMHO. RIP little girl, and for her idiot parents I want to say that they should go to hell, but my guess is that they are already in a world of hell for not protecting their children.

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This should be under the Crime section. Leaving two kids aged 7 and 4 alone is neglect pure and simple. Yes, I have no doubt the parents are in living hell now but the kids have paid the ultimate price. I hope the little boy gets enough support and counseling to be able to move on with his life. RIP little girl.

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Poor little girl. And poor little boy who will probably feel responsible for the rest of his life.

Ages 7 and 4 are too young to be left alone. That is commonsense in most nations but not Japan. I'm not upset that both parents work nights but am upset that they couldn't find sitters or anyone to watch their precious kids. Maybe they tried but there are none. I'm sure there aren't many night-daycares available.

Some people just learn things the hard way....

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All things happen for a reason..Let's not point fingers on whose to be blamed...Just put your shoes in the parents' court doing all their best to provide the best for their family. Taking the risk as well knowing that they have innocent kids left at home unattended. In a dog-eat-dog world that we are in now we have to strive hard. It is just a mere accident and alas this thing happens for every parents to learn. Yes money can't buy life....but it is a necessary evil for all human beings to survive........my heart felt condolence to the family... :(

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