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KYOTO (Kyodo) Police arrested a 19-year-old male employee of Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) Thursday on suspicion of negligence in closing a shutter at Kyoto Station the previous night that crushed a homeless man to death, police officials said.

The employee, whose name is being withheld because he is a minor, told police he did not notice the man, identified as Akito Higuchi, 69, who was apparently lying on the floor, when he pushed a button between 11:40 and 11:45 p.m. Wednesday to lower the shutter in a passageway in the south part of the station, police said.

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