OSAKA — A man died after being thrown into the Dotonbori River in central Osaka during a fight on the night of Aug. 2, and the suspect is at large.
A female passerby at Ebisu Bridge, which crosses the river in Osaka’s Chuo Ward, called police at around 8:20 p.m., saying, “A foreign man has drowned in the river.” The victim, who is believed to be in his 20s, was pulled out of the river in a state of cardiorespiratory arrest, and his death was confirmed shortly after.
A young man who is alleged to have assaulted the victim and thrown him into the waterway from the area around Ebisu Bridge fled the scene and Osaka Prefectural Police’s Minami Police Station launched an investigation on suspicion of murder.
According to the police station, an eyewitness report said the suspect was wearing a white, short-sleeved T-shirt and black pants. Police officers and firefighters rushed to the scene after receiving the call and rescued the victim about 20 minutes later, but he died at a hospital where he was transported.
A male university student in his 20s who claims he witnessed the incident said, a group of Japanese people and foreigners started arguing and a fight broke out. Soon after, one Japanese man grabbed the victim’s arm and leg and hurled him into the river, and apparently threw a bottle at him.
The university student said, “Both groups were shouting loudly and started arguing. They looked drunk.”
The scene is in the central part of the Minami downtown area, where many young people hang out.
(Japanese original by Kohei Shimizu, Osaka Bureau, and Yusuke Kori, Osaka City News Department)