News On Japan

Japan warns 'Don't put your face in coffin'

TOKYO, Sep 22 (News On Japan) - Unexpected accidents can happen while giving a final farewell to a loved one, with three deaths reported in Japan from inhaling carbon dioxide inside coffins.

The Consumer Affairs Agency has revealed that from 2020 to 2021, there were three deaths in Japan suspected to be carbon dioxide poisonings caused by dry ice.

Dry ice is placed inside the coffin to preserve the body, causing the coffin to fill up with carbon dioxide.

In an experiment conducted by the National Consumer Affairs Center, it was found that when dry ice is placed inside the coffin, the concentration of carbon dioxide exceeded 30 percent after 20 minutes and went up to 90 percent after 4 hours. A concentration of 30 percent carbon dioxide is a level at which consciousness can be lost immediately.

The Consumer Affairs Agency is urging caution, advising people not to bring their faces close to coffins and to ensure proper ventilation in the room.

News On Japan
POPULAR NEWS

Demolition work on a nearly completed ten-story apartment building in Kunitachi, Tokyo, which obstructed the view of Mount Fuji, began last week, seeking to restore the once picturesque view from the 'Fujimidori' shopping street extending from JR Kunitachi Station.

Operations on the Tokaido Shinkansen between Nagoya and Hamamatsu stations remain suspended following a derailment involving a maintenance vehicle.

Japan experienced a scorching heatwave over the first weekend of summer vacation, with temperatures soaring from Okinawa to Hokkaido. Despite comprehensive heatstroke measures at festivals, numerous incidents were reported.

A junior high school girl drowned on Sunday while trying to save her younger sister at a beach in Saka Town, Hiroshima.

Tsutomu Shirosaki, a former member of the Japanese Red Army, who was serving time for his involvement in the 1986 attack on the Japanese Embassy in Indonesia, died on the 20th of July at the age of 76.

MEDIA CHANNELS
         

MORE Society NEWS

A 21-year-old woman has been arrested in Tokyo's Kabukicho district for allegedly forcing a girl, known as a "Toe-yoko" girl, into prostitution. A 36-year-old man has also been arrested for allegedly assaulting the girl.

A woman who claimed to have discovered the dead body of a man in his apartment in Kyoto one week after his murder, has been arrested for stabbing to victim to death.

Saikazaki, a picturesque port town in Wakayama, often likened to Italy's Amalfi Coast, is experiencing an increasing problem with stray dogs, causing concern among local residents.

A junior high school girl drowned on Sunday while trying to save her younger sister at a beach in Saka Town, Hiroshima.

Tsutomu Shirosaki, a former member of the Japanese Red Army, who was serving time for his involvement in the 1986 attack on the Japanese Embassy in Indonesia, died on the 20th of July at the age of 76.

A 28-year-old woman has been arrested following Friday's discovery of a newborn baby's body at a golf course in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture.

A 54-year-old man was arrested after jumping onto the tracks at JR Osaki Station and attempting to flee following an accusation of molestation.

The benches under the overpass in Shinjuku Ward, originally intended for three people, now accommodate only one, following the local government's decision to screw poles into the benches in an effort to deter late-night drinkers gathering and making noise.