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Japanese boy, 11, kills himself on train tracks over plans to close school

Published on Feb 15, 2013 2:37 PM
 

TOKYO (AFP) - An 11-year-old boy has died after throwing himself under a train in Japan, in an apparent suicide in protest at plans to close his school, police and press reports said on Friday.

The boy, whose name was withheld, jumped onto tracks from a platform at a station in Daito, near Osaka on Thursday afternoon, police said.

"We are investigating the case as a possible suicide as eyewitnesses said the boy jumped onto the tracks by himself," a Daito police spokesman said by telephone. "There was a (suicide) note near his rucksack left on the platform."

Media reports said the child was upset about a plan to close his elementary school and send its pupils to two other institutions, part of a rationalisation made necessary by Japan's low birthrate.

 
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