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The 71-year-old Tokyo man who burned himself to death last week on an Osaka-bound shinkansen train called the Suginami Ward office minutes beforehand to say he was having a hard time making ends meet, Kanagawa Prefectural Police have revealed.

According to the police, Haruo Hayashizaki of Suginami called the ward office using his mobile phone about nine minutes before he self-immolated at around 11:30 a.m. on June 30.

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