The government will present a letter of commendation to a Chinese exchange student who saved a 9-year-old Japanese boy from drowning in a river in September.
A government spokesman said Thursday that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is likely to invite 26-year-old foreign exchange student Yan Jun to his office in Tokyo next week and present him with the letter, Fuji TV reported.
Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto presented Yan with a similar letter in September.
The incident happened on Sept 16 following a typhoon. A group of schoolboys had ventured out to take some photos of trains passing over a nearby bridge when the youngest, a nine-year-old elementary school student, lost his footing and fell into Osaka’s Yodo River, which was flowing dangerously fast as a result of the heavy rain.
The boy was unable to reach the riverbank and was quickly dragged downstream, his young friends powerless to help. In the strong current, the boy was swept some 350 meters downstream in a matter of moments. Yan was walking alongside the river at that precise moment and saw the boy struggling in the muddy water. He immediately dived in and pulled the boy to safety. Aside from a few minor cuts and bruises the boy was unhurt, as was his heroic rescuer.© Japan Today