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TEPCO employee found dead in apparent suicide

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Police said Thursday that a Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) employee apparently jumped to his death in Ryugasaki, Ibaraki Prefecture, on Wednesday.

According to police, the body of the 39-year-old man was found lying in the car park of the Ryugasaki TEPCO branch office at around 3 p.m. Wednesday, TV Asahi reported. The man was taken to a nearby hospital where he was confirmed dead.

Police say the man, who has been identified as a TEPCO engineer, left his glasses on the rooftop of the five-story building before apparently jumping to his death. Investigators report that no suicide note was found at the scene.

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Is this part of Abe's new secrecy law?

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Did he jump or was he pushed?

-11 ( +3 / -14 )

Sad. In our (understandable) hatred of TEPCO, we should all remember that the everyday workers are not responsible for the disasterous decisions made by management. Just sad.

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Karoujisatsu?

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'Tis indeed sad. Meanwhile management is likely trying to make some excuses about how it had nothing to do with the 'safety' of the plant and working conditions. RIP.

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RIP, was it the electricity bill?

-11 ( +0 / -11 )

I would really like to know the situation to why this happened, what he being pressured to develop new tech or new cleanup solutions like the guy from Toyota that invented the hybrid engines and killed himself because of pressure or was it because "well I work for Tepco".

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Does the fact that he killed himself at TEPCO's branch office mean he did it as a protest to TEPCO?

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I think if it was me I'd choose a tad more than 5 stories, more like 10, just to make sure. Read "the crack-up" by FS Fitzgerald and you will likely know how this man and many 39 yos feel. He refers to it as the Big Out.

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He was just one of the other hundred or so people that commit suicide in Japan every day. It's news because he worked for TEPCO? だから なんだ?

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He was just one of the other hundred or so people that commit suicide in Japan every day. It's news because he worked for TEPCO? だから なんだ

radiation fear, perhaps.

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I would think it had more due to stress...would you want to work for TEPCO?

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Disillusioned, it reminds us that people working for TEPCO are human just like you and me.

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Sorry for his family

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Disillusioned, I think the article has to be taken in the wider context of the huge motivation problems TEPCO are having with their workforce. As you likely know, the company is bleeding talented personnel, so much so that they had to offer financial inducements to get management to stay on (which of course only attracted another wave of criticism). TEPCO's longer term future of is also in doubt due to its drastically reduced ability to take on bright new graduates who are avoiding the company like the plague. The lack of good new intake means the average "quality", for want of a better word, of the people directing the clean-up is only going to go downhill in years to come. This may even be a more valid reason for suggesting the liquidation of the company than "punishing" TEPCO for the mess they made.

Clearly, this one individual could have made The Big Decision for any number of reasons, all of them unrelated to his work, but it is not too hard to imagine, for the reason outlined above, why the media have decide to highlight this story as another example of TEPCO's ongoing personnel difficulties. Of course, if they have published the story while withholding reliable information that the cause of death is an entirely personal matter, your criticism would stand, I think. Cheers

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It's hard enough just being a normal engineer in Japan. My wife used to work for a big engineering company, and the engineers were nicknamed "bachelors", as they had no time to socialise - just endless work.

Add the problematic social situation of working for TEPCO into the mix, and the nastiness of Japanese social exclusion and the conditions for suicide are there in spades.

RIP.

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Thanks for all the negativity and explanations for my comment. However, there is nothing in this article to suggest his suicide was work related or health related. For all we know he could have just broken up with his girlfriend. Yeah, he was a TEPCO employee. So what?!??!

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However, there is nothing in this article to suggest his suicide was work related or health related.

Where have we heard that one before?

http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/court-rejects-naming-firms-where-employees-died-due-to-overwork#comment_1656505

Oh, and thanks for cheapening life, too. Just another statistic?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rb-w0OMNglc

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Article is not broad enough to jump to conclusions. There could be a thousand reasons including personal matters.

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I wonder if he knew some incriminating information that TEPCO didn't want released to the public. It's a shame that we will probably never know why he really jumped / was pushed.

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Some figures on Karoujisatsu in 2010, from Aujourd'hui le Japon:

710 suicides due to fatigue from overwork; (the most literal translation of Karoujisatsu) 587 suicides due to conflict (relations personnelles) at workplace; 478 suicides due to errors commited at work.

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karō-jisatsu

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Some of you are thumbing down perfectly reasonable comments on how the guy working for TEPCO may not have had anything to do with his decision but are giving thumbs up to conspiracy-theory comments on how he may have been pushed or had incriminating information on TEPCO. Wow! Yeah, just go straight to the tin hat theories and never mind the facts. Oh, that's right. There aren't any in this article about his job being the reason for his suicide so it's probably best to just jump to them, right?

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Article is not broad enough to jump to conclusions. There could be a thousand reasons including personal matters.

What would JT be if posters didn't jump to conclusions? We all do it. Because this poor chap was a TEPCO employee people are seeing sinister shadows where there probably are none.

RIP.

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Thunderbird2Oct. 25, 2013 - 04:34PM JST What would JT be if posters didn't jump to conclusions? We all do it. Because this poor chap was a TEPCO employee people are seeing sinister shadows where there probably are none.

No, the reason people are confused is because:

There's no suicide note. This is unusual.

The headlines says, "apparent suicide", suggesting that there is some doubt in the matter.

The rooftop was accessible. This is unusual because most Japanese offices lock all rooftop accesses. As an engineer there's no reason he's have keys.

Its a short article, but there are things that make it logical to ask the very simple question, "Did he jump or was he pushed?".

No wild conspiracy theories about TEPCO, just an honest question about whether this was a murder or a suicide.

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Interesting article related to Fukushima: http://news.yahoo.com/special-report-help-wanted-fukushima-low-pay-high-050626106--sector.html

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So sad, I hate Tepco, but I do feel sorry for this poor engineer, RIP

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All TEPCO employees are suffering company wide. Pay cuts of a 1/4 to a 1/3 an no bonuses (friend works for them - I used to envy his 500,000 yen a month salary -not any more) Public scorn even the ones with nothing to do with nuclear power generation. Stress? indeed it's quite understandable. sorry state of affairs.

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I sense that something went wrong on that rooftop. Hell, everything else that TEPCO has done has been wrong.

Maybe he realized that it's not under control.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Poor fellow.

MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS TO HIS FAMILY.

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