Man jumps to death from 8th floor of Foreign Ministry building


An employee of the Foreign Ministry jumped to his death from the 8th floor at the ministry, police said Thursday.

According to police, the man, who was in his 30s, jumped at 6:40 p.m. from a ledge outside a window at the foreign ministry in Kasumigaseki on Wednesday night. TBS reported that he was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Witnesses said they saw the man sitting briefly on the ledge before he jumped.

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For whatever the reason, I believe his family would have wanted him alive. It may sound harsh but people must understand committing suicide is plain selfish. Please, talk to someone. Get some help!

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Who knows what his family wanted? People who commit suicide aren't thinking about being selfish. They are way beyond that thought.

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I am surprised than an 8-floor jump killed him.

I hope he has found peace. I hope others who are considering suicide refrain from doing so and reach out to family members and healthcare providers. There is always an answer.

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An 8-floor jump is more than enough to kill you; survival of a jump that high would be exceptional. A 3-floor jump/fall can be sufficient, in fact.

It is sad that he found suicide to be his best option. Without knowing his motivation, it's impossible to say exactly, but there is almost always a better way of dealing with problems than suicide.

Since the guy was in his 30s, I think something like an incurable disease is unlikely. Pure speculation on my part, but perhaps work-related stress caused depression? Or maybe something relationship or family-related? In such cases--and many other possible scenarios--there is help available, if one chooses to take it rather than ending one's life so early.


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The Gaimusho is a dreary and stressful place to work. Committing suicide there at work, however, is a huge statement, and it's also a way of speaking out for someone who probably was in too much pain inside to do so in words.

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