Police in Kazo, Saitama Prefecture, said Wednesday that a 2-year-old boy died after he fell into an irrigation canal.
According to police, the incident occurred at around 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Fuji TV quoted police as saying they received a call reporting that a boy had fallen into the canal.
The boy’s body was found 20 minutes later about 800 meters downstream, police said. He was taken to hospital where he was confirmed dead, police said.
Police said the boy, who lived nearby, had been playing with three other children aged 4-10 when he apparently crawled through the 20-cm opening beneath a fence and then fell into the canal. The canal is about one meter wide and 80 cms deep.