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Probe into Japanese bathtub fatalities after 14,000 die in one year
Telegraph ^ | 4-30-12

Posted on 05/01/2012 10:15:47 AM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

Japan's health ministry is to launch an investigation into bath-time fatalities after it was estimated that 14,000 people die every year in the tub - three times as many as those who died in car accidents.

According to the figures, 4,612 people died as a result of traffic accidents across the nation in 2011.

The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare announced the first nation-wide study into bath fatalities after a number of local authorities began collecting statistics that point to a high number of victims being elderly.

The high number of bath deaths can be traced back to the role the bath plays in Japanese families and society. The ritual of bathing in Japan is less about washing but more about relaxing at the end of the working day and, in more traditional communities and older buildings, keeping warm in the winter.

Local authorities' data suggests most of the deaths were attributable to drowning, heart palpitations, heart attacks and subarachnoid haemorrhages, the Mainichi newspaper reported.

The numbers rose significantly in the winter months, when older people move from a warm part of their home to the bathroom and suffer "thermal shock."

The government was asked to look into the problem by a number of domestic organisations devoted to bathing and the effects on health, including the Japanese Society of Balneology, Climatology and Physical Medicine, and to support research that will reduce the number of deaths caused by taking a bath.

Authorities are being urged to draw up guidelines on how to take a bath safely...

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: bathtubdeaths; bathtubs; japan

1 posted on 05/01/2012 10:15:53 AM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

Shorter bath tubs for shorter people?


2 posted on 05/01/2012 10:18:33 AM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
Democrats would salivate at having this problem to solve.

Think of how intrusive they could justify getting!

3 posted on 05/01/2012 10:20:16 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

Bathtub tsunamis?


4 posted on 05/01/2012 10:20:37 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth again.)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

Crocodiles in the plumbing...


5 posted on 05/01/2012 10:20:43 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (nobody gives me warheads anyway))
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

All these bath deaths. Maybe we need to rush a few emergency shipments of adhesive duckies there.

Actually I don’t know why they are wasting time on this when the radiation over there is going to kill them off far sooner than even this many bathtub deaths a year. Considering the two types of deaths, the bathtub death may be preferable.


6 posted on 05/01/2012 10:21:10 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

Well if it is one of those steeping tubs three feet deep I am not surprised. You can boil like a frog in those things.


7 posted on 05/01/2012 10:22:20 AM PDT by Lady Lucky (Fleece, tallow, and get out to be weighed.)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

I wonder if the water temperature is too high.


8 posted on 05/01/2012 10:22:20 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
14,000 people die every year in the tub - three times as many as those who died in car accidents

Solution: They should take baths in their cars.
9 posted on 05/01/2012 10:22:31 AM PDT by twhitak
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

new low water tubs to be mandated. cost=$2000 per tub.

formerly known as...a bucket.


10 posted on 05/01/2012 10:25:41 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

If you’re going to die au bain, I recommend those old-fashioned needle showers. Go tickled to death.


11 posted on 05/01/2012 10:25:52 AM PDT by Lady Lucky (Fleece, tallow, and get out to be weighed.)
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To: Hardraade
Crocodiles in the plumbing...

That or the Charlotte Corday Society is on the march.

12 posted on 05/01/2012 10:28:30 AM PDT by Lady Lucky (Fleece, tallow, and get out to be weighed.)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

They should mandate bath tub life preservers.

It would have saved Whitney!!!!!


13 posted on 05/01/2012 10:34:11 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

Ban bathing.


14 posted on 05/01/2012 10:39:15 AM PDT by bgill
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To: TurboZamboni
new low water tubs to be mandated. cost=$2000 per tub. formerly known as... a bucket.

Too dangerous.

58 children drowned in 5-gallon buckets in 2002 alone.

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml02/02169.html

15 posted on 05/01/2012 10:42:42 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: bgill

Limit them to 1.6 gallons per bath </Al Gore>


16 posted on 05/01/2012 10:42:43 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1197 of our ObamaVacation from reality [and what dark chill/is gathering still/before the storm])
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To: equaviator

“Bathtub tsunamis?”

Good name for a band.


17 posted on 05/01/2012 10:43:38 AM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

They need to make sure the tubs are grounded before plugging them in.


18 posted on 05/01/2012 10:51:19 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

For once I have the origin of the photo; I think there was a thread about it from Valentine's Day.....Spluch offers up news of this chocolate bath which is available to patrons of a hot springs spa resort in Hakone, west of Tokyo, Japan. This is not the first time this spa has been featured on Spluch; before, it's been noticed offering other baths, of wine, Japanese sake, green tea and coffee. They note:

The water in the bath is mixed with cacao and fragrant bath powders while chocolate in its liquid form is poured over the bodies of the bathers. Couples can have fun smearing the chocolate over each others' bodies or lick it off.

19 posted on 05/01/2012 11:07:22 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: PLMerite

Sure would...that or a homemade specialty drink.


20 posted on 05/01/2012 11:07:22 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth again.)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

21 posted on 05/01/2012 11:07:42 AM PDT by anymouse (God didn't write this sitcom we call life, he's just the critic.)
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To: equaviator

22 posted on 05/01/2012 11:09:10 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
Has anyone seen Charlie Sheen, lately?


23 posted on 05/01/2012 11:12:04 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

007 says "to be on the safe-side, make sure you have enough Geisha girls on hand when you take a Japanese bath." ;)

24 posted on 05/01/2012 11:17:31 AM PDT by anymouse (God didn't write this sitcom we call life, he's just the critic.)
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To: Lady Lucky

Good one.


25 posted on 05/01/2012 11:31:37 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

Japanes Govt Makes Scuba Gear Mandatory When Taking a Bath


26 posted on 05/01/2012 11:39:49 AM PDT by bunkerhill7 (Japanese tanked???` Who knew?)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

Japanese Govt Makes Scuba Gear Mandatory When Taking a Bath


27 posted on 05/01/2012 11:40:04 AM PDT by bunkerhill7 (Japanese tanked???` Who knew?)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

Too much Kirin and really deep tubs!


28 posted on 05/01/2012 12:19:10 PM PDT by PROTESTBYPROXY (We are screaming! I am Breitbart!! Invictus Maneo)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
I lived in Japan for a while.

The bathtubs are much deeper than what we are used to. It's great, like being in a hot tub.

29 posted on 05/01/2012 1:02:54 PM PDT by Washi (Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse, one head-shot at a time.)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

In a comparative study it was found that the number of bathtub deaths in France was ‘zero’.


30 posted on 05/01/2012 2:22:21 PM PDT by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

I know they have electric toilets in Japan..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6c67A0zPctc

I suppose some Japanese wunderkind has developed an “electric bath”?


31 posted on 05/01/2012 2:30:58 PM PDT by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
Let's do the math... 127 million Japanese... 23% over 63... deaths spread evenly from 63 to 93... one hour baths daily... calc... calc... 29 million Japanese over 65... about 1 million deaths per year from this age group... about 40,000 deaths in any given hour!

So this would imply that taking baths is SAFER for older people. Or maybe that the average bath is only 20 minutes long. Or maybe Japanese only bath every 3 days. Or maybe 2/3 of the people ready to die can't take baths any more.

In any case, it doesn't seem out of line for an aging population. Assuming people die randomly throughout the day, perhaps they ought to investigate the 300,000 people or so that die during sleep. Yes, that's it. Ban sleep because it's dangerous.

32 posted on 05/01/2012 5:58:28 PM PDT by The Truth Will Make You Free
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