• Kyodo


At least nine people died and 30 were injured Sunday at various summer leisure spots across Japan, according to police and fire department reports.

Among those killed were two people from Hyogo Prefecture — Shinji Fukamoto, 57, a company worker from Himeji, and Akiyo Sugi, 60, from Ono — who died after they fell while climbing Mount Kitadake, Japan’s second-highest peak and the tallest in the Southern Alps.

Their bodies were recovered by rescue teams from the Yamanashi Prefecture Police.

The body of another climber, Toru Nakane, 59, head of the traffic section at Aioi Police Station in Hyogo Prefecture, was found about 300 meters from the starting point of a trail on Mount Nagusayama. He went missing Saturday.

In Gifu Prefecture, 8-year-old elementary school girl Rina Sato, of Ama, Aichi Prefecture, was swept away while playing on the banks of the Nagara River. She was taken to a hospital after her body was discovered at the bottom of the river but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Three people, meanwhile, drowned at different beaches.

Mitsuyuki Tamadate, 16, drowned while playing with friends on a beach in Hirono, Iwate Prefecture.

Masahiro Yoshida, 40, of Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, drowned while swimming at a beach in Katsuura, while Mayumi Shibata, 40, a nurse from Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture, drowned while scuba diving close to the shore at Otsuki, Kochi Prefecture.

The Yamanashi Prefecture Police also reported that five vacationers sustained minor to more severe injuries in water-related accidents at the Fuji Five Lakes, at the base of Mount Fuji.

According to police in Fujiyoshida, Junya Kajiki, 33, an architect from Tachikawa, western Tokyo, suffered a fractured rib after his jet ski collided into another jet ski on Lake Kawaguchi.

A 28-year-old woman from Kodaira, western Tokyo, injured her left knee when she was tossed into the water from the rear seat of Kajiki’s jet ski.

The police said that Daisuke Miura, 35, who was driving the other jet ski, sustained a minor chest injury.

Also on Lake Kawaguchi, Sosuke Nagaya, 48, a restaurateur from Shinagawa Ward, Tokyo, was rushed to a hospital with possible spinal cord damage after his inflatable boat, which was being pulled by a jet ski, overturned.

Kazuto Kijima, 30, who works at a mass merchandise outlet in Togane, Chiba Prefecture, was injured while wake-boarding on Lake Yamanaka. His leg got caught on a binding screw, officials said.

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