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Japan Olympic official dies after jumping in front of train

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A very unfortunate incident that obviously will bring lots of speculation for the motive.

35 ( +37 / -2 )

Poor guy. 52, a lot of years ahead. Must have felt really hopeless.

At least he didn’t take anyone with him, but it’s still not a good choice. Talk to someone and get help.

22 ( +23 / -1 )

Must have been under real pressure, I assume.

Should have gotten some kind of counseling. Jumping isn't a solution!

16 ( +18 / -2 )

Very sad whatever the reasons. No job is worth your life. Too many bad bosses

22 ( +24 / -2 )

Bit harsh everyone.

Maybe he thought the games should be cancelled but was ordered to keep his mouth shut and he was afraid of a super variant developing in the Olympic village caldron.

-10 ( +15 / -25 )

I'm not going to speculate as to whether foul play might have been involved. But nowadays, nothing would surprise me.

-8 ( +9 / -17 )

Did he have a family? Was he something other than a Olympic official? It’s such a sad story. The train driver does he have help or a penalty? I have to ask because most people don’t. Help each other before sending flowers.

19 ( +20 / -1 )

I can't imagine the strain that must be on the people actually managing and carrying out the staging of the games right now. They've been given an impossible task by their superiors which is subject to constant changes on the one hand, and on the other almost the entire public is extremely hostile to what they are doing.

Yet another reason why hosting these games is such an awful idea.

20 ( +24 / -4 )

Rest in Peace. Awful news.

I feel for those workers associated with the doomed Olympics. The stress they must be working under, receiving unreasonable orders and treated with contempt through the media by the IOC "superiors" like Lord Coe, John Coates and Dick Pound, almost on a daily basis, must take a horrible toll.

This death in on those crooks.

16 ( +20 / -4 )

Olympic games !

Played and run by people who care nothing for others, this is very sad for this guys family and those around him.

5 ( +10 / -5 )

That's awful. These Olympics are truly troubled.

13 ( +17 / -4 )

RIP poor soul. - Sincere condolences to his family and friends.

11 ( +12 / -1 )

Stressed out about something. Could be related to the games, or not.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

And thus are we allowed to see the tip of the iceberg.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

An appropriate tagline is offered so, please don’t hesitate to use it if you have any questions.

If you or someone you know in Japan are having suicidal thoughts, you can get help. Click here for more info.”

Sincerely, JT, “Thank you” for this ‘community service’.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

It must be very stressful lying to the public that the games are safe and promoting this event when in your heart you know this is the wrong thing and 80% of the public don't support it, but you have to continue for the IOC masters to enrich their pockets. However this is not the solution. RIP

2 ( +8 / -6 )

Maybe he thought the games should be cancelled but was ordered to keep his mouth shut and he was afraid of a super variant developing in the Olympic village caldron.

Or maybe he thought the Olympics should go ahead and was hurt by the media constantly bashing them. Or maybe just overwork.

-6 ( +6 / -12 )

A senior accountant, apparently. This is very sad. RIP.

How many more are going to die for these cursed games?

6 ( +13 / -7 )

.....sad........i imagine most working for the games are feeling stress for sure. I work in logistics & imo the games should have been cancelled, I have already been to various warehouses that I would have rather avoided & will soon be having to go to the cursed village & many other venues, its scary. I have colleagues from 3 countries coming they have no clue what its like here, but they have all been jabbed......yeah this crap IS STRESSFUL!

RIP Moriya san........wish you could have just stepped down......sad.............

5 ( +7 / -2 )

With their recent, unrepentant arrogance: (“At any cost”) these JOC & IOC are ‘the absolute, last individuals to be trusted’ to provide ANY information to ‘the people’.

“The JOC is gathering information on the incident, a committee representative told Reuters.” -

Can’t really trust the Ministry of Justice but there’s no choice but to ‘wait & see’ what the NPA discloses.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Sad on a personal level, and doesn’t look good for the already bad image of the games. Let’s hope that the IOC will be able to keep their mouths shut for a while out of respect.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

This story is going to be buried. We are ruled by a soulless government.

13 ( +14 / -1 )

There was a special on TV on Saturday heavily denouncing the heavy payouts to staff of Olympic related events with 14000 Yen per hour or 350000 per day for almost doing nothing.

He could have felt the pressure was getting bigger and bigger.

Rest in peace man. It was not your fault.

6 ( +9 / -3 )

(Not enough info yet to ‘spin’ it for the audience abroad?) - Suicides are regularly reported here in the “National” section however, it remains a curiosity as to “why this story hasn’t been moved to “Tokyo 2020 Olympics”, where interested parties from abroad routinely follow any IOC/JOC related stories?”

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Please make sure those involved are getting all the support they need . . . .

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Well, this may sadly become a trend as we get closer to the event, and soon after they're done, a lot of people gonna lose a lot of money over all of this.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Thank you Japan Today, for putting that link at the bottom of the article.

Truly sad case, RIP. Better mental health support is needed everywhere.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

A senior accountant, apparently. 

If true he was in between a rock and a hard place, as he would have certainly been front and centre once the reality of the massive losses and debt became public.

Unfortunately this is the sad fact when things go wrong the more powerful will need a scapegoat and often it is the accountants that are place on the sacrificial alter when money is involved.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Nobody here knows why he killed himself.

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

Is there a connection? I would say, there are no mistakes. There are no coincidences. However, why he decided to end it was not the choice and should never be an option. Its just a job. Thats it.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

> An appropriate tagline is offered so, please don’t hesitate to use it if you have any questions.

“If you or someone you know in Japan are having suicidal thoughts, you can get help. Click here for more info.”

Sincerely, JT, “Thank you” for this ‘community service’.

Agreed.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Just to clarify, my family back home consists of CA/CPA raised my whole life around these people and I have seen what they go through when financial things go wrong.

I have personally seen who gets the blame and know many ofy father and brothe's friends do similar things seeing no way out.

So if he really was one of the senior accounts then he was really in a bad situation.

This is extremely sad and is unfortunately now rare.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Again autocorrect

"This is extremely sad and is unfortunately now rare."

Should be:

This is extremely sad and is unfortunately not rare.

Again this in any case has nothing to do with the IOC but it may have something to do with the JOC.

There is a difference.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Enough with blaming the Olympics for his suicide.

Pure speculation !

Of course, for the anti-Olympics crowd, it suits your agenda doesn’t it.

-3 ( +5 / -8 )

@tooheysnew

In Japan when a man commits suicide in any industry, the first thought is overwork and pressure from the employer, this is basically universal.

Why should this situation be any different?

If he was a Nissan, Toyota Panasonic, etc .senior management the speculation would got straight to the company and job.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

@gaicuckojin

This is the first sacrifice and the olympic gods are hungry.

More to come

This is sad. And sadly, this is not the “first sacrifice.” I thought I recalled others and quick Google search turned up one that happened in 2017. The individual had worked 190 hours of overtime in the previous month. He was 23 and also committed suicide.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Very very sad news every time something like this happen.

This happens way too often in Japan though, and should not be ignored or considered “stats only”.

May he Rest in Peace.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

It is strange when we try looking up the major reason for suicide in Japan, the way the data was collected it placed most (49%) into a single category under health issues.

But if one looks at the data stress and depression related to work and school make up the vast majority of the so-called health issues add that the the 10% that were place directly in the job related category and the 17% losing ones job and it becomes clear that work is by far the biggest common denominator in Japan when it come to suicide.

This is why we see so many lawsuits by family members against the employers of those that committed suicide and why more often than not bthe courts agree with the families.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Thank you JT for including a helpline at the end of the article.

It would also be great if you can not use descriptive language of suicide (especially in titles e.g. 'Jumped in front of train") in articles on suicide as research has shown a clear link between such language and copycat suicides (such language is banned in some countries for this reason). Please consider the newsworthiness of the method of suicide and use alternatives such as 'took their own live".

Thank you.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

We only know how he died. We don't know the why.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

This is really bad , must be horrifying for other to see.

Why can't JR put up guards rails or fences to prevent people from doing this, it happed so many times and little or NOTHING is being done.

When I first arrived in Japan, one thing stood out is how dangerous the tracks are, no rails, no fences and people are standing so close to it.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

No need for speculation

1 ( +2 / -1 )

snowymountainhell,

Sincerely, JT, “Thank you” for this ‘community service’.

I seem to remember you being rather insistent on them doing this on similar articles in the past. Thank you, and thanks Japan Today.

RIP, dude.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Whatever drove that poor man to suicide, the details will likely be covered up by the Olympic bosses and the Japanese state.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

At least he didn’t take anyone with him,

In a way he did. The engineer of that train had a front row seat to his death. It is a horrible image this poor engineer will carry with them to their grave.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

why is it always on a Monday?!

what a horrible way to go...

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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