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Kyoto police thank 3 nursing home workers who saved woman about to jump off overpass

From left, Mutsuyo Anami, Masayo Tomita and Aimi Iwamoto are presented with letters of gratitude by Kyoto Prefectural Police's Kizu Police Station chief Tetsuya Fujiwara, in the background, at the police station in Kizugawa, Kyoto Prefecture, on June 28, 2021. (Mainichi/Kentaro Suzuki)

KIZUGAWA, Kyoto -- Kyoto Prefectural Police's Kizu Police Station presented letters of gratitude on June 28 to three workers at a nursing home here for having stopped a woman in her 20s from jumping off a pedestrian overpass.

    According to police and other sources, a neighbor rushed into the Rose Life Takanohara nursing home in the Kyoto Prefecture city of Kizugawa, at around 10 a.m. on June 6, saying, "Someone is standing outside the railing of the overpass next to you."

    Knowing from their experience in senior care that several people are needed to physically help one person, care specialist Mutsuyo Anami, 47, administrative workers Masayo Tomita, 45, and Aimi Iwamoto, 31, rushed to the pedestrian bridge, just to the east of the nursing home over a local rail line, and found a male passerby already trying to stop the woman from jumping. Iwamoto called police while Anami and Tomita held onto the woman, and officers who arrived at the site pulled her inside the railing.

    Before being pulled back from the brink, the woman had said, "I wanted to go to college." But Anami and Tomita apparently persuaded the woman to think twice, saying, "You can find a way to live because you're young," "No problem; you can start fresh because you're young," and, "You can make a life without going to college."

    Kizu Police Station chief Tetsuya Fujiwara thanked the nursing home employees, saying, "Their courageous act and calm judgment prevented the worst." The three commented that they were relieved that the woman survived and that they were glad to contribute to the community.

    (Japanese original by Kentaro Suzuki, Gakken Uji Local Bureau)

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