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Parents sue west Japan univ., ex-club members over student's 2017 binge-drinking death

The mother of Hayato Tomori, a Kindai University student who died after a school tennis club drinking party in 2017, is seen wearing a pendant containing his ashes, on June 30, 2020. (Mainichi/Akihiko Tsuchida)

OSAKA -- The parents of a Kindai University student who died in 2017 after binge-drinking at a party with his school tennis club filed a lawsuit on July 14 against 18 former club members and the university, claiming that their failure to help the young man caused his death.

Hayato Tomori, 20, was in the second year at the university based in the Osaka Prefecture city of Higashiosaka, western Japan, when he died after joining a drinking party held by the tennis club.

His parents brought the case at the Osaka District Court demanding a total of some 105 million yen ($979,000) in damages. The plaintiffs insist that "Tomori would have been saved if only the (drinking party) participants had called an ambulance. We want to drive home the gravity of their responsibility." They are also suing the university for failure to carry out its supervisory responsibility.

(Japanese original by Haruka Ito, Osaka City News Department)

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