At about 1 in the morning on the 22nd of November police received a call from a man who reported that two women had jumped off Shijushida Dam in Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture. First responders found two females lying on the drainage wall slope of the south side of the dam. Although they were taken to the hospital one girl was confirmed to be dead upon arrival. The other girl is said to have sustained serious injuries.
The two girls, 15 and 16 years old, were students from a local high school. They jumped from a pathway that was about 20 meters (about 65 feet) high. Their bags were found still on the road it is believed they jumped from. It is also being reported that the main that notified the police was an acquaintance who had gone to the dam in search of the two girls. Police are still investigating but it appears likely that the girls were attempting to commit suicide.
Although police have yet to make a final report and not all is known it seems unlikely that this was not a suicide attempt. Sadly, young people committing suicide is something far too common in Japan and it is often caused by bullying. Recently, there have been a number of prominent cases that have been covered rather extensively by the Japanese media and thanks to this, awareness of this problem is quite high in Japan. However, it is debatable whether enough is being done to combat this. If police release more information about this case I will post about it.