• Kyodo


A Japanese photographer died Saturday in a fall from the top of a seven-story Katmandu hotel while trying to take pictures, a Japanese Embassy official said Monday.

The man was identified as Akira Matsui, 54, from Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo.

According to an employee of the Tibet Guest House, Matsui fell about 25 meters from the roof of the hotel, where he had been staying. The building is in Katmadu’s Thamel area, which is popular with tourists.

Matusi had set up his camera and climbed over a protective railing in his final moments.

The 55-room hotel boasts a rooftop garden with unobstructed views of a major part of Katmandu, the surrounding hills and the majestic Himalayan mountains.

Matsui, a frequent visitor to Nepal, published a book of his photos of the mountainous Mustang district of northwestern Nepal and had returned from a trip to the district before the fatal fall.

Alps fall fatal

Kyodo News A Japanese tourist fell to his death Saturday while trekking on Mount Rothorn in the Swiss Alps, Kinki Nippon Tourist Co. said Monday.

The 69-year-old man from Soka, Saitama Prefecture, slipped and fell about 200 meters near the summit of the mountain, where he was walking with his wife and 14 other tour companions escorted by two tour guides, according to the travel agency. His name was not released.

The group left Japan on Wednesday for an 11-day European mountain tour, it said.

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