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Building management firm ordered to pay damages over death of student killed in landslide


The Yokohama District Court has ordered the company that manages an apartment building in Zushi, Kanagawa Prefecture, to pay 1.07 million yen in compensation to the family of an 18-year-old high school student who was killed when she was buried by a small landslide while walking through a residential area on Feb 5, 2020.

The landslide occurred at around 8 a.m. when a near-vertical 10-meter-wide section of a hill beneath the apartment building collapsed onto the street below, Kyodo News reported.

Although the lower part of the hill had been reinforced by concrete, the upper section collapsed and sent around 42.5 cubic meters of earth tumbling down.

The girl was buried by about two meters of dirt on the road, which was strewn with rocks, and a nearby guardrail was bent due to the force of the falling earth.

The court heard that the prefectural government had previously flagged the area as being at high risk of such an incident and repeatedly asked the building management company to do reinforcement work.

© Japan Today/Kyodo

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1 million yen for a life. So cheap.

So sad for managing responsibility.

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Sounds like criminal negligence. Horrible way to die.

9 ( +9 / -0 )

As Jonathon said - 1 million???

Surely that must be a mistake in translation.

Like US$7000 - for manslaughter.

Failing to fix a highly dangerous situation after being repeatedly instructed to by authorities - ie not following the law - and compensation for the resultant killing of a young woman equals some expensive Yubari melons.

Just too sad.

9 ( +9 / -0 )

But it was cheaper to just let someone get KILLED than do the work…correct me if I’m wrong. ¥1,000,000 isn’t even $10,000 US now.

It’s ALWAYS about the money in Japan.

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I don't understand this judgment. So the company was guilty? And that is all the punishment? Or the managers are serving jail time as well? Is this how in Japan? I can just randomly kill people by negligence if I have a firm and I just have to hand out a few millions here and there? That sounds pretty comfortable to dodge responsibility.

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Yes Almakukac.

“TIJ; This is Japan”.


-4 ( +3 / -7 )

It’s ALWAYS about the money in Japan.

Are you aware of another location on Earth where it is not? Please advise.

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More profitable to be negligent and get caught, than to be responsible.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Wouldn't it be 1 billion ?

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Lots of companies related to construction and real estate are yakuza related

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Wait for the inevitable appeal from the building company to a higher court...

2 ( +2 / -0 )

1.07 million yen for a Japanese life?

Now it is obvious that Japan is a 3rd world country…

0 ( +0 / -0 )

The family could sue.

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