Man jumps onto train tracks to save woman


A 39-year-old man jumped onto the train tracks to save a 58-year-old woman who had fallen off the platform at Meitetsu Kanayama Station in Nagoya, police said Monday.

The incident occurred at around 4 p.m. on Sunday. TV Asahi reported that the woman told police she was knocked off the platform by a man who was walking unsteadily and who apparently tried to grab her to steady himself.

When she fell onto the tracks, another male passenger jumped down and pushed her down flat on the tracks. He stood up against the side of the platform as an incoming train passed over the woman. Police said the woman survived as there was enough space between the tracks and the bottom of the train.

The woman suffered injuries to her head and left hand but her condition is not life-threatening.

Japan Today

  • 30


    The guy who saved this woman is a hero. And a quick thinking one at that.

  • 19


    These people should get a medal, I hope he gets one.

  • 20

    Get Real

    We don't hear enough of this sort of thing. Is there a citizens' bravery award?

  • 11


    Wow, I don´t think I would have had the balls to do that. I am not even sure that all trains are designed with enough ground clearance to do that. Are they?

  • 11

    Graham DeShazo

    This man is a hero. We need more like him.

  • 6


    A hero. Hope they catch the scum bag who "knocked" her off the platform.

  • 7


    Wow, glad they were both ok, what a Super Hero!

  • 2


    she was knocked off the platform by a man who was walking unsteadily and who apparently tried to grab her to steady himself.

    was he arrested or sent to a hospital? 

  • 4


    What an awesome dude. Hope there'll be more people like him.

  • 5


    Hero! :D Well done!

  • 6


    @ rickyvee - bit harsh, my friend. Whilst many here wouldn't assist as they don't want to be "the nail that sticks up" - there are probably many like this bloke who are brave and have a strong sense of humanity. Good on him, he did the right thing.

  • 3


    On one hand, you have guys like this. At the same time, 4 kids get arrested for a mugging so that could buy clothes to meet AKB48 (!?)

    Fact is Japan isn't either perfect or the "worst in the world at everything imaginable" hellhole some folk try to make it out to be.

    In any case, this guy blows me away. And everyone else who has done similar things. Putting yourself in situation like this - um, train coming down the track, no less - to save a stranger... somebody who would be regarded a hero anywhere. The fact that we can comprehend this transcends cultural differences and proves that "we" and "they" are in fact, the same human beings.

  • 1


    Damn!!!! sound like the beginning of a good movie

  • 4

    Vernie Jefferies

    STORY OF THE YEAR!!!! A true hero in my opinion.

  • 3

    Roxana A.


  • 2


    And WHAT became of the IDIOT that almost got her KILLED ? Just RAN off ?

  • 1


    Well done! What about the drunken scum bag that knocked onto the tracks? Have the found him? Will he be charged?

  • 5


    Very courageous hope the city gives this guy some kind of award or recognition for his selfless act of bravery.

  • 4


    Great great, absolutely great guy!

  • 3


    wow speechless....tears too for such human selfishless act

  • 1


    just in time to secure another life, u have more places in heaven!

  • 3


    I did not know there was enough room for two under the trains. Did he know?

    I too wish these heroes were more celebrated.

  • 1


    Thats super!

  • 2


    Certainly, a first class gentleman.

  • 1

    Tom DeMicke

    Yup, just like a movie!

  • 4


    This guys gets the BALLS of STEEL award. Quick thinking and took without self-regard. Man of the year!

  • 3


    Wow… had to be posted in all train stations for an inspiring heroic act and our appreciation of gratitude for bravery and responsiveness. That is the man we need it truly in our society.

  • 4


    at the very least, he should get free lifetime train passes.

  • 2


    Awesome news! And the second genuinely positive article featured on JT within a week! Keep it up Japan!

  • 2


    Speechless. Thank you sir for shining some light in the darkness. I just hope that you get the accolades that you so well deserve.

  • -2


    if Olympic got this sport event, he will be the gold medal winner.

  • 4


    I caught a young lady a few months ago who was falling towards the tracks after being struck from behind by a collapsing drunk salaryman. We were nearly both pulled onto the tracks. The guy was obviously a danger to other passengers, but despite the drunk being flagged up to station staff before the incident happened, the guards on the platform refused to take any action. They really need to ban legless passengers from the station. I am surprised they want drunks vomiting all over the trains and platform anyway, never mind knocking people onto the lines. The incident I referred to was also in Nagoya, not sure if they deal with things differently in Tokyo?

  • 3

    Dara Danh

    Bravery for jumping to her rescue and quick thinkingfor laying flat on the tracks, HERO!

  • 2


    Well done.

  • 0


    Wonderful thanks for sharing this.

  • 0

    Aaron Loki Brummett

    Restores my faith!

  • 0


    Outstanding effort. Hope he gets a national recognition for bravery.

Login to leave a comment

Undergraduate: Information Session December 13

Undergraduate: Information Session December 13

Temple University, Japan CampusContinuing Education / MBA

The US Congress: A conversation with Jodi Schneider

The US Congress: A conversation with Jodi Schneider

Temple University, Japan CampusContinuing Education / MBA

CareerEngine Top 5 Jobs in Japan for Nov 27

CareerEngine Top 5 Jobs in Japan for Nov 27

Japan Today CareersBusiness Services

Special Offers

Tokyo Insight Free Digital Magazine

Tokyo Insight Free Digital Magazine

Offer ends: n/aBusiness Services


Search the Largest English Job Board in Japan.

Find a Job Now!

More in National

View all

View all

Find Your
in Japan

10,000’s of properties available today!