• Kyodo


An Osaka High Court judge was found dead Monday morning next to a 19-story condominium in Ashiya, Hyogo Prefecture, and police suspect he leaped to his death. Yuji Hirasawa, 53, apparently jumped from the condominium complex after leaving his house at around 5:20 a.m. Monday, officials at the Ashiya Police Station said.

Hirasaw’s wife told police he seemed stressed out due to work-related troubles, according to the officials. His house is about 500 meters from the high rise. No suicide note was found. His wife said she had been looking for Hirasawa after he left home without telling her where he was going, according to police.

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