A 9-year-old boy died after jumping or falling from the apartment building where he lived with his family in Suita, Osaka Prefecture, police said.
According to police, the boy was found, bleeding from the head, lying on the ground outside the building by a resident at around 8 a.m. Tuesday. Fuji TV reported that he was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead about an hour later.
Police said the boy left his home 20 minutes prior to the incident to attend his school’s third-term opening ceremony. However, no one saw him return to the apartment building. When found, he was wearing his school rucksack. Furthermore, a paper bag belonging to the boy was found on the seventh-floor stairway, although his family’s apartment is on the fourth floor.
The Suita City Board of Education said there have been no reports of bullying or school trouble concerning the boy, but said officials are planning to interview teachers and students.