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Man jumps to death from bridge onto train tracks in Tokyo

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A 59-year-old man died after he jumped from a bridge onto train tracks on the JR Yamanote Line on Sunday morning.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 5:30 a.m. near JR Ueno Station, Fuji TV reported. Police said the man fell about nine meters.

The driver of an approaching train spotted the man lying on the tracks. He applied the emergency brake and was able to stop in time before running over the man.

Police said the man, who suffered extensive injuries in the fall, was taken to hospital where he died about 2 ½ hours later.

JR East said train services were suspended for an hour, affecting 13,000 passengers

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When the common reaction to someone dying by suicide because of the bottomless pit of the despair they are in has no way out, is to complain about the inconvenience, then humankind has really failed.

The poor man, and his poor family if he had any. What can have made him decide to do this? It is desperately sad.

I hope that anyone who contemplates suicide, waits another day.

14 ( +19 / -5 )

I was one of the 'inconvenienced' passengers this morning, heading home after a long night of drinking; train was waiting at Kanda for a good hour, I fell asleep, woke up way up the Keihin Tohoku line & had to backtrack to my transfer at Nippori, ended up taking me about 2.5 hours to get home. But at least I got home.

I was thinking at the time, who would jump at 6 on a Sunday morning? There's obviously no 'good' time to jump, but it struck as a particularly odd time to do so, made me wonder what the poor bloke was going through.

59 is way too young. RIP, and thoughts with his family and friends, who'll be going through rather more than a little inconvenience today.

@Dango

You say do it at home, but I'd hazard a guess he didn't plan it out; maybe he was drinking all night, while in some sort of depressed or stressed state, and just ended up doing it on the spur of the moment. We don't know.

10 ( +11 / -1 )

why on train tracks, why not do it at home as to not inconvenience 1300 people? Want attention in your death? I do not get it

Ever felt suicidal? Do you know anyone who committed suicide?

Rationality or worrying about train schedules doesn't come into it.

9 ( +14 / -5 )

@Maria.

Well said. I wish you'd post here more often; you are consistently a voice of reason and compassion.

9 ( +14 / -5 )

no. even so, do it at home

I'm guessing you're still relatively young. In ten or twenty years time, I guarantee you your frivolous and dismissive attitude regarding suicide will have changed.

In the meantime, you're very lucky to not have lost anyone to sucicide. Long may it last.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

no. even so, do it at home

Yeah, well give us a step-by-step guide how to reason with a suicidal person to make their the death more convenient. A person who has hit rock bottom could care less about a stranger's obon plans.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

And who does the cleanup when you do it had home? Yeah, right there is always cleanup involved regardless of how and where someone dies.

Love the selfish attitude of some people. Oh, just don't inconvenience ME.

4 ( +7 / -3 )

Dango Bong

why on train tracks, why not do it at home as to not inconvenience 1300 people? Want attention in your death? I do not get it

If he did it at home and if this guy is living by himself , he will still cause inconvenience, imagine if his body was left unfound for days? how do you think his neighbors and landlord would feel about that? It will also depreciate the value of his apartment/house if people would find out that someone committed suicide there. The point is you don't know what a suicidal person has been going through, so I think you are not into a position to speak and suggests for themselves.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

RIP sir.

59 is a tough year. Many will be forced to retire turn 60 and live on a pittance.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

When I was younger and in charge of nothing except myself I would feel no pity for people committing suicide. Now that I have met difficulties of life, I understand the burden from work/family/society and bad luck people can accumulate.

Once thinking all is over, there is no point in assessing the consequences of your last action. Purely psychological.

It will continue this way forever and one has to accept it. Sad but that is part of life too.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Cleaning up crashed and chopped bodies are truly traumatic. Looks and the smell...

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Suicide is always a serious business and also a long term option. No one just wakes up one day and thinks "Oh well, my life sucks, gonna kill myself." and does it.

Instead of discussing the "inconvenience" caused they should go after the reasons of the act.

IMO, the people around are the main cause of suicide. We see many people on a daily basis that doesn't give two shts about life, specially in Japan.

We see people that prioritize their career to the point they sacrifice their time/life to work so much that the individual life has no meaning and work is everything, and when work fails you (because in the vast majority of times it will).. Well, there's nothing left to keep you waking up the next day.

We see people that doesn't care about other persons, because that is a tendency on the world. Family doesn't really mean much today. So many people who barely talk to their relatives or each other, even when living under the same roof, because well, "I'm too busy".

And we see tons of lives being simplified as "taxpayers" or just "profitable worker".

Nowadays it seems that life/time (since they both are basically the same) is a really cheap currency. And cash, status or a brand new car/purse, are the only way to go.

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Japanese have some fascination and magnetism to train tracks.

Because there's never anyone throwing themselves in front of, say, a London Underground train.

For a culture so supposedly group oriented, you'd think they would not want to inconvenience others making their way on the nation's trains.

Suicide is a very personal act. When you're at the very end of your tether, crushed by pain, suffering, sadness and all the misery that goes with the feelings... you do it the way you do it.

The only good thing to come out of such a tragic act is that one doesn't hear the judgemental or snide remarks anymore.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Japanese have some fascination and magnetism to train tracks. For a culture so supposedly group oriented, you'd think they would not want to inconvenience others making their way on the nation's trains.

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my friend did it by hanging herself outside the houses of parliament from a tree. she was raped after becoming almost blind. she wanted to end her life with a message. giving stress to train passengers and staff makes it seem pointless.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

@Maria - maybe the person involved does not have another day to wait.

Another thought in this case, could be that the guy didnt commit Suicide, but was Murdered and done so to make it look like a Suicide.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

2.5 hrs before death... that's painful. Poor guy. And I do feel sorry for the Family he's left behind, apart from their loss, JR will seek recompense from them for delays etc, which amounts to a huge financial loss for them.

I can understand Suicide in Japan... though sadly this guy didnt do it right.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

why on train tracks, why not do it at home as to not inconvenience 1300 people? Want attention in your death? I do not get it

-4 ( +7 / -11 )

why on train tracks

The person was making sure the job got done - jumps from bridge has gravity on their side, if that doesn't work then a high speed train will finish it - WHACK

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

Love the selfish attitude of some people. Oh, just don't inconvenience ME.

I think it is more selfish to inconvenience 1300 people

-6 ( +4 / -10 )

A selfish way out. Didn't even have the courage to do it in private. After the delays, no one even noticed.

-8 ( +1 / -9 )

Ever felt suicidal? Do you know anyone who committed suicide?

no. even so, do it at home

-9 ( +4 / -13 )

Yes, please do it at home. My thoughts and pity are reserved for the the traumatized train drivers and the clean-up crews who have to scrap the remains off the rails. These guys have to deal with the horrend images of the aftermath for life. Forcing others to get involved in your misery in this way is despicable.

-12 ( +1 / -13 )

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