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Woman jumps to her death at subway station in Tokyo

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A woman in in her 70s jumped to her death at Omotesando Station on the Hanzomon subway line, police.

According to police, the incident occurred just before noon on Saturday. Fuji TV reported that station surveillance camera footage showed the woman jump onto the tracks in front of a train.

The woman was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Omotesando Station, which has three subway lines passing through it, does not have any gates on the platforms.

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While gates are useful in preventing accidents, it would be hard to prevent someone from deliberately jumping in front of a train. If not this station, another station/crossing/area.

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Why did this jumper make the news? There are three or four every week in the greater Tokyo region.

2 ( +10 / -8 )

Why did this jumper make the news?

Probably because of her age. Generally at that age, you just want to live on till you can. Just my guess.

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

Sad, she must have felt hopeless. Both of my Grandma's would have found it totally impossible to commit suicide. They were always surrounded by children, grandchildren, neighbors, etc. Tokyo can be incredibly lonely and cold.

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Older folks here often commit suicide because of health problems and "not wanting to be a bother." It is very sad

8 ( +11 / -3 )

Why did this jumper make the news? There are three or four every week in the greater Tokyo region.

Selfish, coldhearted, 21st century attitude. This is not a 'jumper' this is a human being. And she was in her seventies. Show some respect. If you can't, then just button it. Otherwise you're just a disrespectful internet troller.

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TigersTokyoDome - Selfish, coldhearted, 21st century attitude. This is not a 'jumper' this is a human being. And she was in her seventies. Show some respect. If you can't, then just button it. Otherwise you're just a disrespectful internet troller.

Bwahaha! I'd love to hear what you have to say the next time you are stranded at a train station for hours because of one the hundred jumpers every year have stopped all lines. Show some respect? What respect did this jumper show by purposely disrupting the lives of possibly tens of thousands of people out on their Sunday jaunt? Respect is earned, not demanded! Someone who just comes along and posts inflammatory guff about someone else's opinion is the Internet troller. Respect that?

-7 ( +4 / -12 )

I have to admit I can't disagree with the "why ruin everyone else's day" sentiment. It's always sad when people commit suicide, but there other ways of doing it if you're set on it.

Just think about the poor drivers who have to live with the fact that they were at the controls when their train killed someone - saying "it wasn't your fault" doesn't cut it.

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Have to say I agree that jumping at a train station is not fair to train drivers. Part of me tries to understand that maybe such suicide minded people want to be noticed when they go out but I couldn't imagine the trauma not only the drivers but also the cleaners experience. Sad for all involved.

9 ( +9 / -0 )

@Disillusioned @Shumatshu_Samurai @Mlodinow All excellent comments

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Puregaijin is trully pure in this context. You look at the issue from your narrow perspective. She could have been alone for many years, not being able to do much and spend time with her loved ones she thought this was the "fast way out". She could have been suffering from some kind of mental disease, there are many cases when demented old people wander on the tracks and etc., though here it indicates that she jumped with intention. While suicide is never a decent choice, there are many understandable factors that can help recognize reason why this happens. It must be noted that reasons never justify this outcome.

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I think when people become that desperate & want out, they want to find a SURE way of doing it.

My bet is many are too scared to jump from height so think trains are a sure thing without the height issue.

Sad either way though.....

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if you want to off yourself please do it at home instead of bothering everyone.

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By "offing yourself" (a disgusting name, here is your award) the person always "bothers" someone, be it a family member, a relative, a social worker, a rescue team member or a mere bystander reading about yet another suicide on his daily trip to work. This has long ago passed a closed personal act, no one changes sides without affecting others anymore.

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Damn...'nuff said.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

That's tragic.. I pass through their every day..

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Brings out contradictory emotions....I had personal experience with this when I was younger. Very sad. I wonder what drove this poor woman to do this. I feel terrible for her. On the other hand suicide is such a selfish act. I saw what it did to family members when I was young. It is something some of the survivors never recover from.

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It's always sad to read about these people who have lived long lives only to end their lives this way. I kind of wonder if anyone noticed any signs of depression in this woman. Poor woman.

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People who jump in front of trains are giving their middle finger one more showing to society. She should have done it on a weekday though to be more effective. RIP

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