Japanese Olympic official dies after jumping in front of train

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A high-ranking official for the Japanese Olympic Committee jumped in front of a train in an apparent suicide on Monday in Tokyo, according to local reports.

Yasushi Moriya, 52, who headed the committee’s accounting department, jumped from the platform around 9:30 a.m. at the Nakanobu station in the Shinagawa neighborhood, Japan’s Sora News24 and broadcaster Nippon Television reported.

Moriya’s body was identified by his work ID card. An Olympic committee representative said they were still gathering information about the incident late Monday, Nippon Television reported.

The death comes as the Tokyo Olympic Games are set to go ahead in July, despite fears that holding the event during the COVID-19 pandemic is unsafe.

“We are fully concentrated and committed to the successful delivery of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 this year, and working at full speed towards the opening ceremony on July 23,” an International Olympic Committee spokesperson said in April.

With Post wires

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