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13 die across Japan while taking part in leisure activities during public holiday

Kyodo

Thirteen people died and at least 27 were injured across the country during leisure activities Monday, a public holiday, according to a Kyodo News tally collected Tuesday.

At a beach in Tahara, Aichi Prefecture, a pair of elementary school-aged brothers were found to be drowning, and one of them, 9-year-old Sakyo Haruzono from Owariasahi in the same prefecture, died.

In Kashima, Ibaraki Prefecture, a Vietnamese couple — a 25-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman — were swept away. The woman was found dead Tuesday while the man remained missing.

Meanwhile, three people died in Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture.

Two university students from Osaka Prefecture were seen jumping into Lake Biwa and were later found dead in the water. A 25-year-old man from Fukuoka Prefecture who came to the lake with his colleague was found drowning and was rescued by someone nearby, but was later confirmed dead at a hospital.

In the mountains, Hiroyuki Karibe, 49, from Chiba Prefecture, was found dead on Mount Okuhotaka in Takayama, Gifu Prefecture. Karibe was climbing alone and is believed to have slipped down on the way up the 3,190-meter-high mountain.

In the mountains in Nakasatsunai, Hokkaido, Masako Kanai, a 70-year-old professor at Edogawa University in Chiba Prefecture, was rescued Monday after one of her party members reported the previous day that she had fallen from some rocks while descending. But she was pronounced dead at a hospital later in the day.

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