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Korea: Japanese national dies after plunge from station building in apparent suicide

KOREA (TR) – An elderly Japanese national died on Sunday after a plunge from a railway station building in Busan, a large port city in the southern part of the nation. The case is being treated as a suicide, police said.

According to police, the man, 77, fell 15 meters from the third floor of a building at Busan Station on Saturday night. He was confirmed dead at a hospital the next day, reports Kyodo News (June 24).

Based on security camera footage, police suspect that the man leaped from the building in intentionally taking his life.

Busan Station
A male Japanese national fell from a building at Busan Station on Saturday night

The man had been traveling regularly between Japan and Korea while working on developing a business. However, he was not permitted to leave Korea over unpaid taxes of the equivalent of about 470 million yen.

As well, the man suffered from an unspecified disease, police said.