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Korean saves Japanese woman

May 26th, 2006 . by Matt

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Korean student Hyon-gwi Sin

A Korean student has rescued a drunk Japanese woman falling off the tracks at JR Shinokubo station, which is the same place another Korean student died trying to rescue another Japanese person a few years back.

A Korean student rescued a woman after she fell off a platform at JR Shinokubo Station in Tokyo, the same station where another Korean student was fatally hit by a train when he tried to save a man on the railway tracks.

Student Sin Hyon-gwi got off a train at Shinokubo Station in Shinjuku-ku at about 5:30 a.m. on May 21 to go to the bathroom.

He heard a sound behind him and saw a woman had fallen off the platform near where about 20 other, mostly elderly passengers were standing.

Sin, 27, worried that the next train would shortly be arriving, but remembered the bravery of Korean student Lee Su-hyon, who died at the station. He then jumped onto the tracks and helped the woman back onto the platform.

It seems he lives in Nippori, which is the place that my Korean friends in Japan lived. Nippori is a kind of Korea town for Korean students studying Japanese.

After the rescue, the blushing hero walked to another JR station, where he boarded a train for his destination, JR Nippori Station.

The location where the woman fell was only a few meters away from where Lee Su-hyon and a Japanese man died in January 2001.

Lee’s heroic act was widely covered in South Korea and a monument for him was constructed in his hometown of Pusan.

“I think Lee’s spirit told me to rescue her and protected me,” Sin said.

JR officials said the woman was an 18-year-old student and was drunk at the time of the accident. She was treated for minor injuries in hospital.

Very heroic. Cheers to stumpjumper for the link!


7 Responses to “Korean saves Japanese woman”

  1. comment number 1 by: ponta

    Heroic!!!
    I remember the case korean person sacrificed his life to save Japanese.A really great man.

  2. comment number 2 by: takuro

    Ponta, remember Japanese cameraman whose name was Sekine, too.
    He tried to save Japanese’s life with Korean student Lee but they couldn’t do that.
    The three died at the accident.

  3. comment number 3 by: portportport

    And there may be some interesting stories like other Japan/Korea/Asahi related topics.

    to those who can read Japanese:

    愛・蔵太の少し調べて書く日記#p1
    http://d.hatena.ne.jp/lovelovedog/20060601#p1

    韓国人留学生、新大久保駅で線路に転落した女学生救出 まとめ|朝鮮|д゚)カンサツ日記
    http://ameblo.jp/8oa/entry-10012866820.html

  4. comment number 4 by: Katz

    Isn’t it supposed to be Shin Hyun-Gu? Sin Hyon Gwi isn’t a Korean name. And also Lee Soo-Hyun, not Lee Su-Hyon. That’s different pronunciation.

    And about the Lee’s case, in some news it says he saved the man but in others it says three men died, I don’t know what’s the truth.

  5. comment number 5 by: BananaBoi

    I don’t know what’s the truth.

    The truth is, a Korean man risked his own life to save another. An act worth praising.

  6. comment number 6 by: Rose

    Actually, the truth is that a Japanese photographer and the Korean student attempted to save a drunken man and all of them died in the incident that happened five years ago.

    For this time, the true story has yet to uncover.

  7. comment number 7 by: bakayaro

    portportport, thanks for the links. Reading that, the story seems very fishy.