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Man saves woman in her 90s after she falls onto train tracks a minute before train’s arrival


A man rescued a woman in her 90s who fell off the platform onto train tracks about one minute before a train arrived in Musashino, Tokyo, on Saturday.

According to JR officials, the incident occurred at Kichijoji Station at around 2 p.m., Kyodo News reported. Witnesses said the elderly woman was walking along the edge of the platform when she lost her balance and fell onto the tracks. 

A man in his 40s immediately jumped onto the tracks and moved the woman to a safe space underneath the platform. A train arrived about one minute later.

The man was not injured and the woman suffered minor injuries to her face, JR officials said.

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Well done sir!

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Well done that man! (He more than likely won’t read this.)

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Well done, mate! JT needs more hero stories like this everyday stead of that nightly passing contest in “National”.

BTW, he’s not a victim so let’s have his name and we’ll line up to buy him some drinks!

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It may seem something simple and natural to do, but no everybody has the presence of mind to react while in that situation. Some people hesitate to even press the emergency button, I hope he gets some recognition for his action.

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Two “Good News” stories in Japan Today of having courage to help the elderly.

This story, a stranger risking his own life to save another life in distress. The other, a child helping a grandfather roughed up by thieves in the night.

It shows some had a good upbringing.

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Hero of the heroes. It was a brave and decisive action with natural instinct. Very heart warming story.

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Well done mate.....well done.

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I'm surprised she didn't die from just the fall. She was over 90.

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So far remaining humbly anonymous but this man is due more than just fifteen minutes of fame for his outstanding heroism.

Time to step up, Governor Koike and find out if there’s something he and his family may need.

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Good on this man. A true hero. Now, let's get JR to install some gates.

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This is so common world wide, it's likely not mentioned when it happens, people just help, it's what you do....but that's not the case in Japan. I was hit by a car in Tokyo, and everyone just stared. No one did anything.

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Uplifting news! It’s wonderful to read that this man recognized the intrinsic value we all have as human beings despite our ages and acted to save this elderly woman’s life.

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Brave man. Well done.

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Well done to you!!

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I would like to see more positive news like this on Japan Today.

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Mr. (Fred) Rodgers, the children's television personality used to say that when he was a child and there was a scary event in the news, his mother would say "Watch for the helpers."

Anytime something bad happens, someone usually takes the initiative and rushes in to help. It's a positive element to a bad situation, and it's the element of the event to focus on.

It was meant to calm a child's nerves, but I always think back to that little lesson Mr. Rodgers taught me when I was little when I see stories like this.

Bravo to that Japanese man who became the helper. This story would read quite differently hadn't he gotten involved. Our world isn't so bad with people like him around.

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Good on this guy. A true hero. And while commemorating this hero, let's have a moment to remember Lee Soo-Hyun, a Korean exchange student who died in Japan trying to save a person in the same circumstance.


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Anyone normal man could have helped, no ?

It is what you do, as already said by WA4TKG.

Even if I was 60, I would easily go and help by going on tracks. Sorry but who on Earth would stare at an old lady asking for help on a track for more than a few seconds if able ? Apparently Japanese. Sad.

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Yes well done !

Makes me wonder if her savior was a Japanese man or a foreigner ?

As the man's name and occupation wasn't mentioned

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He more than likely won't read this

That's a ridiculous assumption.

It's beyond more than likely you obviously have no idea whether the man will read this or not.

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Give that man the “kage” to the city

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A real hero!

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Wow. A Real Hero

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Well done! More stories like this please JT.

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Wow! He's definitely a selfless hero. Thank you very much!

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Excellent job. We really appreciate it.

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Nice to read a positive story for once. I imagine that many oyajis were too busy practicing their golf swing on the platform to notice the woman had fallen.

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