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Man jumps to death from station platform in Yokohama; two women injured

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Two women in their 30s and 40s were injured on Wednesday night after a 26-year-old college student committed suicide by jumping into the path of a train at Yokodai Station on the JR Negishi line in Isogo, Yokohama, police said Thursday.

According to police investigations, the student suddenly jumped off the platform as the train was coming in. The impact knocked him back up onto the platform where he hit the two women. Police said one woman suffered severe head injuries, while the other one suffered minor injuries.

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Wow that is freaky and crazy. I doubt he meant to hurt anyone but still, this is crazy.

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Damn, this dude didn't know his physics

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that's not minor injuries, those poor women will live with a trauma for the rest of their lives

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I can't see why people who want to solve temporary problems with perminent solutions have to do it so that it affects others. Now you have at least two other people (and probably more) who are subject to PTDS.

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Never stand to close to the train! You never know what some idiot ready to commit suicide will do, just like in this case. I am sure bodies can only fly so far (intact) right?

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Damn, this dude didn't know his physics.

He was failing his physics class.

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Interesting that Japan Today chooses to report this suicide, but did not report the TRIPLE sucide of three 18 year old High School lads a couple of weeks ago in Kobe. Why the disparity? Is the news in Japan now subject to censorship? Those of us living in Tokyo know that this kind of thing is a daily occurrence - sadly. Sometimes there are 3 or 4 of these "jinshinjiko" in one day, disrupting our trains and our lives - yet they hardly ever make news any more, possibly because of State censorship, because the J government wants to suppress the truth about Japan, and because they cannot, or will not, do anything about these daily suicides. What is different about this story is simply that 2 women got hit by a dead body.

Moderator: Please refrain from using the word censorship which has no relevance to this discussion. As for what makes this story newsworthy, you answered it in your last sentence.

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wow!

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(2) Some people can sense the grim reaper coming ahead of time and become very saddened on the day of their departure.

Is that the day they decide to jump infront of a train?

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Committing suicide is so common in Japan...I've & read hundreds about them since I landed on this Island..at first I didn't understand why they did it and deep in my heart I condemned such an act. But now after living in this society for some years and working for a large J corporation for all these years....I truly understood WHY...I just want to say I'm sorry for those dead souls...

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Is that the day they decide to jump infront of a train?

No. Some people become very sad on the day they die, for no apparent reason.

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you know, humans can never be satisfied. some on this forum whine that suicides are being over-reported while other whine that suicides are under-reported. dochianen!

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It is news worthy only because two women were injured otherwise it's a daily occurance all over Japan.

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What a mess. This place is off the rails. Anyway, rock on and keep your guard up.

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This place gets more ineteresting every day. Like I tell the wife and kid, entertainment value alone makes it worth it. I hope the two women will recover well, with limited emotional scars and baggage from this idiot.

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I know it's quite common in Japan to commit suicide like that but still I was surprised to see the reaction of those japanese who had just heard the news of another suicide. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xh4icVsbzYE

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No. Some people become very sad on the day they die, for no apparent reason.

... and some people become very sad on other days, when they don't die, for no apparent reason. And some people are perfectly happy, walking down the street whistling merrily, when they get hit by a bus.

I'm afraid I don't see your point.

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yea..me neither. have you tried to commit suicide yourself ?

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I mean whoever wrote the above sentences...

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It is the pitiful attitude that expresses itself in "being inconvenienced" by these people who think their best option is offing themselves that in fact contributes to them offing themselves.Have some compassion try and reduce the feeling of worthlessness that these people have managed to develop within "society" I agree with the moderator we should not mention censorship in this thread,on this website we refer to it as "moderation" All views are welcome but only if they pass the "moderator" first.

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I am not exactly sure, but I think the Japanese national suicide average is about 30,000. Yes, 30,000 so let's do the math and we will see how much does not even make to the evening news or front page of any newspaper. I do not think we should call this censorship but those in the mass comunications business also know they have a great responsibility.

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For some perspective, Japan ranks about #10 in the world for suicide rate. Very high, but not the highest.

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Good point, Nessie.

According to nationmaster, Japan is #21 for males, at 25 per 100,000, behind Hungary, Finland, Belgium, Austria, Luxembourge, France and Switzerland: #8 for females, at 12, behind Hungary: #31 for young males, at 10.1, behind New Zealand, Finland, Norway, Switzerland, Canada, Australia, US, Ireland, Austria, Hungary, Sweden, France, Denmark and Germany: and #22 for young females, at 4.4, behind Austria, New Zealand, Canada, Hungary, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.

44% of Japanese suicides are middle-aged, the highest proportion on the list.

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I have been assured on many occasions that the family often gets sent a massive bill afterwards. For stopping a train and disrupting the services or jumping off a motorway bridge and wrecking cars, you can completely bankrupt your own family. Common knowledge years ago, maybe it's time to re-educate the populace about how not to inconvenience others. In Edo times they seemed to manage it all right.

Jumping 'straight to hell' into the caldera of a volcano such as Mt Aso in Kyushu is quite common, a friend told me the other day. Not seen supporting figures myself, though.

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I'll bet as soon as that student jumped, he thought, "Damn, that was a BIG mistake!"

I wish the world was a better place than it is, so people wouldn't think that things are so bad, they're better off dead. I do what I can towards that end every day.

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Yet another self-indulgent little Japanese twit!

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Disillusioned - That's harsh, man!

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Why should there be any suicides of college students? What was this student studying? There has been an ongoing problem of college suicides and student disappearances in the United States. Three of the missing students were computer science majors. One recent missing students, Hannah Upp, attempted suicide. Many of the missing are found suicides.

Students have behaviors that would allow Subliminal Distraction exposure. Heavy computer use increases that probability. Did this student have such increased probability of exposure?

I am interested because I have a site that investigates these deaths, VisionAndPsychosis.Net.

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The impact knocked him back up onto the platform where he hit the two women -

Can you imagin trying to explain this to your insurance company or calling into work to tell them why you can't come in.

My boss would just say "Can't you come up with a better excuse than that?".

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Thanks for the breakdown, Cleo.

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I know it's quite common in Japan to commit suicide like that but still I was surprised to see the reaction of those japanese who had just heard the news of another suicide. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xh4icVsbzYE

Well, I don't know if that is you in the youtube-film, but how is grinning while making videos of other people in such situation a more appropriate reaction?

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"I wish the world was a better place than it is, so people wouldn't think that things are so bad, they're better off dead. I do what I can towards that end every day. by Sarge.

Great thought Mr Sarge. That should be written on kids school books and pencil cases all over Japan.

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