Man dies after retirement party hijinks

TOKYO Tue Dec 16, 2008 12:24pm EST

An elderly Japanese man looks at share prices displayed on a stock quotation board outside a Tokyo securities company November 8, 2000. REUTERS/Toshiyuki Aizawa

An elderly Japanese man looks at share prices displayed on a stock quotation board outside a Tokyo securities company November 8, 2000.

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TOKYO (Reuters) - A 60-year-old man who was thrown into the air in celebration at his retirement party died after his colleagues failed to catch him and he fell to the floor, a Japanese newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The case came to light after the man's wife filed a police complaint against colleagues who threw the man up into the air, accusing them of gross negligence, the Mainichi paper reported on its website.

The man died in September, 10 months after the party attended by around 40 people at an unnamed transport company at an inn in Ritto, near the ancient capital of Kyoto in central Japan.

The fall damaged his neck and backbone, leaving him paralyzed, and he eventually died of blood poisoning, the paper said.

"He worked until the retirement age. We had been looking forward to going to various places as a couple and were excited that we would be able to spend a relaxing time together," the paper quoted the man's wife as saying.

"No matter what I say he won't come back, but I want to find out why this happened."

(Reporting by Rodney Joyce; Editing by Jerry Norton)

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