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Man Buried by Manga Discovered Dead After Quake

posted on 2008-06-16 05:26 EDT
37-year-old company worker had stacked books two meters high in his room

Not-So-Daily Link of the Day: Miyagi Prefectural Police officials in northeastern Japan have announced on Monday that they discovered a man dead in his apartment underneath several hundred manga volumes and magazines. They are investigating the cause of death and whether the 37-year-old male company employee is another casualty of last week's earthquake in Miyagi.

According to the investigation, the man's co-workers visited his apartment in Sendai City's Aoba Ward at around 9:00 p.m. on June 14 after he failed to appear at work. (The magnitude-6.8 earthquake occurred at 8:43 a.m. that day and caused 10 confirmed deaths so far.) The officials say that the man stacked books two meters (about six feet) high throughout his entire room. They consider it possible that the books fell on top of the man's chest and abdomen and thus prevented him from breathing. However, a June 15 autopsy was inconclusive, which left open the possibility that the man's death was unrelated to the earthquake.

Source: Sankei Sports, Jiji Press


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