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Man killed by train as he tries to pick up present for grandson from tracks

TOKYO -- A Chinese man was fatally hit by a train at JR Okachimachi Station in the capital's Taito Ward on Oct. 10 after he apparently dropped a stuffed toy he had bought for his grandson as a birthday present onto the tracks and jumped from the platform to retrieve it.

According to the Metropolitan Police Department's Ueno Police Station, the 56-year-old man is a resident of Tokyo's Edogawa Ward, and owns a Chinese restaurant in the Shinbashi district of Tokyo. He bought the toy at the popular Ameyoko shopping center in Ueno next to Okachchimchi, and before the tragedy occurred he called his wife from the station platform to say that he would go home.

After the accident, the blue stuffed toy which he apparently managed to retrieve was found on the platform. There were no platform doors at the station.

Following the incident, East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) renewed calls for passengers not to go onto the tracks to retrieve items they drop, but to ask station staff for assistance.

(Japanese original by Hironori Tsuchie, City News Department)

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