Man, woman apparently fall to their deaths on Chiba mountain

CHIBA —

Chiba prefectural police said Thursday that the bodies of a man and woman, both in their 70s, were found Wednesday at the bottom of a cliff at Mt Nokogiri in Futtsu City.

Police believe the bodies are Takayuki Suzuki, 71, and his female acquaintance, both residents of Tokyo’s Itabashi Ward, who went missing during their climb up Mt Nokogiri on March 11, Fuji TV reported. Search personnel had been looking for their whereabouts since March 14.

According to police reports, the two bodies were found roughly 30 meters below a cliff and that they had not been on a designated mountain trail. It appears as though they may have slipped and fell during their hike.

On the morning of March 11, Suzuki informed a male friend that he would be climbing Mt Nokogiri and that was the last time he was heard from.

Japan Today

  • 1

    Aly Rustom

    Pretty brave to be hiking in your 70s. Hats off to them. At least they didn't die alone.

  • 1

    theeastisred

    Mt Nokogiri

    Hacksaw Ridge?

    Hope they didn't suffer too much.

  • 4

    A.N. Other

    To be at least seventy years of age while mountain hiking is mandatory in Japan.

  • 5

    ebisen

    Nokogiri-yama is always worth visiting. It was featured in Topgear. It does have one "balcony" ridge, with wonderful views.

  • 0

    Monozuki

    The incident surely gives off a tinge of sadness. But given their old ages and they did what they loved, it does not sound so sad. The chances were very high that the couple have been called to heaven. I offer prayers for their souls. RIP.

  • -7

    gaijin playa

    Sounds like suicide to me. Further investigation is necessary. Interview their families, they may have had dementia too. Murder also cannot be ruled out.

  • 7

    commanteer

    Pretty brave to be hiking in your 70s.

    Actually, most of the people I run into on mountain trails here are at least in their 60s. Plenty in their 70s too.

  • 0

    Kobe White Bar Owner

    Hiking is one think but when you go of the trail it turns into mountain climbing, no place for a 70 year old unless you are very experienced. Pride comes before the fall, literally. RIP.

  • -2

    sensei258

    How can you be sure one wasn't pushed and the other jumped? Or did they call it an accident so they could close the case quickly?

  • 0

    Nessie

    Hiking is one think but when you go of the trail it turns into mountain climbing, no place for a 70 year old unless you are very experienced.

    There are also no inexperienced 70-year-olds hiking serious mountains in Japan.

  • -1

    GW

    One falling ok,.....but two....that changes things possibly

  • 1

    Kobe White Bar Owner

    @GW They could have been tethered or maybe belayed.

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