Two boys aged 3 and 4 were hit by a train in Showacho, Yamanashi Prefecture, on Monday afternoon.
The boys were taken to a hospital in Kofu. Police said the 3-year-old boy died of his injuries at around 8 p.m., while the 4-year-old boy is in a serious condition.
According to police, the incident occurred at around 5:40 p.m. on the JR Minobu line in a residential area about 300 meters from Kokubo Station.
Fuji TV quoted a JR Tokai official as saying the driver saw the two boys on the tracks about 100 meters ahead. He applied the emergency brake and sounded the whistle, but he couldn't stop the two-car train in time.
The boys lived nearby and apparently often played near the tracks, local residents said.
A 1.5-meter fence runs beside the tracks on both sides in the area but police said there are spots along the line where there is no fence.© Japan Today