According to police reports, the incident occurred at around 12:05 a.m. Monday near the central part of Irabu Bridge. Fuji TV reported that the man fell 30 meters into the sea.
The man had driven with his girlfriend to Irabu Bridge to propose to her. After parking his car on the side of the road, near the center of the bridge, the two exited the vehicle, and the man made his proposal. He had been drinking and slipped off the bridge moments after his girlfriend said yes, police said.
After receiving an emergency phone call from his girlfriend, police launched a search for the man. Seven hours later, at approximately 7 a.m., his body was pulled from the sea. He was taken to hospital where he was confirmed dead.
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A 32-year-old man fell to his death after proposing to his girlfriend on a bridge in Miyakojima, Okinawa Prefecture, early Monday morning. (Japan Today)
According to the Japan National Tourism Organization, a record 24.04 million foreign tourists visited the country in 2016. Of that figure, nearly 40 percent (or about 9.4 million) went to Osaka. (tokyoreporter.com)
A team of Kyoto University researchers announced Tuesday that they have discovered a chemical compound that may help nerve cells grow in the brains of people with Down syndrome and improve their learning ability. (Japan Times)
A Japan Airlines plane bound for New York made an emergency landing at Tokyo’s Haneda airport Tuesday due to engine trouble apparently stemming from a bird strike, the transport ministry and airline operator said. (Japan Times)
The world’s fastest man Usain Bolt delighted local children and “maiko” in Kyoto on Tuesday, with his trademark “lightning bolt” pose as he attended a promotional event for Swiss watchmaker Hublot. (Kyodok)
Police on Tuesday referred a 13-year-old boy in Osaka to a juvenile consultation center after he was suspected of providing instruction on how to obtain a basic smartphone virus through an online marketplace. (Japan Times)
The education ministry will update its database of teacher’s licenses starting in the next fiscal year so that disciplinary records of those who have committed sex offenses and other obscene acts against children can be shared nationwide, it was learned Tuesday. (Japan Times)
An increasing number of local governments are planning to introduce a lodging tax to finance tourism promotion and ease the load on infrastructure amid record-breaking arrivals of travelers from abroad. (Japan Times)
Two teenage students apparently committed suicide following the start of the new school term. (NHK)