JAPAN: Sublunary Sons

Japanese are still dying peculiar deaths.

In Tochigi Prefecture, 53-year-old Motoichi Morita defeated an old friend for election to the Akazawa village assembly. By way of apology he promptly hanged himself.

In Tanimura last week, depressed over the failure of a candidate he backed in a local election, Taniyuki Shimura killed himself by biting off his tongue. In crime-ridden Tokyo, 24-year-old Kan Arai threw himself under a railroad train, "because by becoming a policeman I have discovered the corruption and dishonesty of sublunary affairs. It is useless to be a policeman in such a world."

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