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'Danjiri' float topples over, injuring 11 in Osaka Prefecture

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Obviously, pulling and pushing a large object in the narrow streets of Osaka without due care and attention will cause accidents

There are various clips on social media showing damage from these festivals

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Well that's what makes this festival one of the more popular festivals in Japan, the danger. Just like that one in Nagano where they ride the giant log down the hill.

The participants know what they are getting themselves into. Hopefully every year nothing more than broken bones, but there are occasional deaths unfortunately from time to time

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I hope they are okay. The danger and thrills are a big part of these events. Health and safety rules are not welcome.

The wilder festivals I've been to involving big objects and fire also had the participants drink lots of holy sake (omiki) before the thing began.

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 Osaka police said they are investigating in detail what caused the accident.

Hahahaha! I hope they get to the bottom of this tricky mystery!

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No picture this time....too embarrassing ?

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It wouldn't be a Japanese Danjiri festival if people's lives weren't needlessly put at risk.

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Hardly surprising seeing how these floats are driven in many festival.

Hopefully the injured victims will all make a full recovery, and maybe better safety measures will be put in order to avoid yet another repetition of this (unfortunately not likely).

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Hopefully the injured victims will all make a full recovery, and maybe better safety measures will be put in order to avoid yet another repetition of this (unfortunately not likely).

Outsiders might not be aware that it is the desire of the local residents to keep the traditions of these festivals, which is why there is no increase in safety measures through the years.

Last year there was one death in an Osaka danjiri festival, so comparatively this year was safer.

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Outsiders might not be aware that it is the desire of the local residents to keep the traditions of these festivals, which is why there is no increase in safety measures through the years.

That is not a counter argument against the need of better security measures, specially when many times even the locals ask for more control because there is nothing impossible about keeping traditions while making the festivals safer.

Last year there was one death in an Osaka danjiri festival, so comparatively this year was safer.

As long as there are unnecessary victims for easily foreseeable accidents happening this still means there is a lot of room for improvement. There is no real reason why 11 people should have been injured this year.

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young and men, one must suspect alcohol, so anybody surprised? Surely not insurance companies!

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Life is boring. These festivals give excitement. Like sport, many people are more interested in accidents. Car races etc.

I hope all injured are OK and have a story to tell their kids.

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And what of the ‘teenagers’ out there risking life and limb?

How about the onlookers who are placed in harms way by over exuberant macho egos that want more excitement?

It needs to be toned down…

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This is a tradition. The people don't want it to change.

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This is a tradition. The people don't want it to change.

That would be a very poor argument to reject an increase of the safety in the way the floaters are driven. If reasonable measures can be put in place and the festivals still can be held then there is no problem.

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