Two teenagers die after apparently jumping from apartment building roof


A 16-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl died after they apparently jumped from the roof of a six-story apartment building in Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, on Thursday.

According to police, a passerby called 110 at around 3 a.m. and said that a boy and a girl were lying on the ground in the bicycle parking area of the apartment building, Kyodo News reported.

Police said the boy was declared dead at the scene, while the girl died shortly after arrival at a hospital.

The sixth floor has stairs that lead to the roof of the building and police believe the pair jumped from there. Police said the teenagers did not live in the building.

Police said the two teenagers were apparently in a relationship and that they had recently been exchanging email messages on their cell phones, in which they discussed suicide and trouble they were having at school.

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Tragic. And oh so horribly unnecessary.

I went through a period of deep depression due to overwork and thought about "options." Why I'm still here is that there was support.

Be proactive. If you notice something quirky in a loved one, investigate.

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The bullying in the schools is very bad here, the local school boards have zero power over the principals, and they can be such a problem and parents are too scared to step up to them, either.

I wonder how this situation will be in the future with the number of children dropping and with the most likely hood many school closures.

0 ( +8 / -8 )

Tragedy. At the lowest point I ever recall being in my life do to work and other factors, I told my Japanese wife and she said “gaman shiro” and that was it. I should’ve left her. No wonder suicide is out of control here.

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Modern life is a cold, lonely place for the young as well as the old. Young people without the guardrails that life experience furnishes are especially vulnerable. In the light of all those lives lost in Gaza and Israel, the many thousands of people who had wanted so much to live, this story is all the more depressing. Many of us must wish we could have had the opportunity to talk them out of their irrevocable act.

11 ( +14 / -3 )

Profoundly depressed youth who saw no future and have chosen the fast pass way out. Not for them, gritting the teeth and knuckling down as an ever shrinking youth cohort exerts ever greater demands on the rest to keep the vessel afloat. This and the quadruple briquette gassing the other day are signaling loud and clear that the Einstein’s Definition of Insanity approach to dealing with social problems here, attempting to shirankao them out of existence, is no longer an option and that a total overhaul is imperative.

-7 ( +3 / -10 )

parents are too scared to step up to them, either

This made me curious, why? Why would parents be scared? Not that I don't believe that's the case, but it made me curious about the reasons.

6 ( +8 / -2 )

Man... if only they could have talked to some people who would take them seriously, sit them down, and listen. They had their whole lives ahead of them to be able to realize the world doesn't end in high school, despite any bullying, any testing, trouble at home, or what have you. Suicide awareness and prevention need to be FAR more discussed in schools -- not AT the students with lame Gatekeeper ads or assemblies, but WITH the students

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

Perhaps more time spent in school, more time memorizing facts and more exam pressure would help?

Students in Canada get 2 months off in summer, a couple of weeks off in winter, a spring vacation, and score just below Japan in PISA rankings. The few extra points Japan gets, just for bragging rights is not worth the price the country pays in suicide, hikidomori, unmotivated students and the lack of opportunity young people have to make mistakes and change course.

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Why "apparently"?

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Why is suicide so common in Japan?

It is heartbreaking

4 ( +5 / -1 )

What a sad, tragic end for 2 very young lives who saw this as their only way forward. Perhaps we will never know the real reason they chose this way out, but obviously, it was very serious and they could not see a future for themselves. I have felt very depressed at times, being disabled with 2 life long disabilities, and being bullied at school because of them, and on top of that, being a gay and very skinny a lot of boys were very nasty. But luckily I had 2 very close friends who looked after me and very loving parents, my depressions were not prolonged.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Romeo and Juliet again, a reenactment of a Blue Oyster Cult hit. It happens over and over, time after time. In this modern but unhuman world many more youth are being overstressed or bullied for various reasons and are seeing no hope or any way out of their situation.

I have lost a GF to depression 7 years ago and her family still won't put a grave stone at her plot. They don't care. And I've lost many veteran friends this way who can't escape the horrors that wars cause while armchair generals are entertained.

The MASH theme song has lyrics not used on the TV show, it's titled 'Suicide is Painless'. That's a crock of bull.

Suicide is not an answer to anything. There is always a better way out.

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