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Tokyo authorities: 2 dead, 11 hospitalized after choking on mochi

Eleven people were rushed to hospitals in Tokyo after choking on mochi rice cake, two of them choking to death (rakuten.co.jp)

TOKYO (TR) – Eleven people were rushed to hospitals here after choking on mochi rice cakes on Sunday, two of the victims choking to death, authorities said.

The Tokyo Fire Department said a total of 11 people, aged between 28 and 89, were rushed to hospitals after choking on mochi by 9 p.m., Nippon News Network reports (Jan. 2).

Of the 11 victims, an 81-year-old man from Itabashi Ward and a 60-year-old man from Kita Ward choked to death from mochi they ate at home, authorities said.

The fire department is urging citizens to cut mochi into smaller bite-size pieces and chew thoroughly before swallowing.

Update: The number of persons hospitalized has climbed to 20 as of January 2, reports Nippon News Network (Jan. 3).

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