• Kyodo


The city of Akashi in Hyogo Prefecture will place a cenotaph Friday for those killed in an overcrowding incident during a fireworks display last July, city officials said Sunday.

City employees and relatives of the victims on the same day removed a makeshift floral tribute from the site of the incident. The new marker will be placed there Friday.

The incident occurred at the southernmost part of a pedestrian bridge connecting JR Asagiri Station and the seashore.

Eleven people, including nine children, were killed and over 120 hurt when crowds returning from a fireworks display encountered crowds going to watch the display on July 21. A number of people collapsed and were trampled in the pushing and shoving that ensued.

After a reading of sutras by several Buddhist monks, the relatives and city workers carefully packed toys, which had been offered for the child victims, into cardboard boxes.

They also removed a message board for the victims placed on acrylic windshield panels on the pedestrian bridge.

The city plans to unveil the cenotaph in a ceremony on July 19.

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