Ja­panese man dies af­ter rice ball eat­ing con­test

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

A 28-year-old man died in Ja­pan af­ter chok­ing on a rice ball at a speed-eat­ing con­test, an event or­ga­nizer said yes­ter­day. The man, whose name was with­held, died on Novem­ber 16 in hos­pi­tal three days af­ter chok­ing, said the lo­cal farmer’s co­op­er­a­tive that spon­sored the event in the west­ern city of Hikone. Con­tes­tants com­peted to see how fast they could eat five “oni­giri” balls of lo­cally grown steamed rice, a pop­u­lar Ja­panese com­fort food. The man shoved his fifth rice ball into his mouth be­fore pass­ing out and was rushed to a lo­cal hos­pi­tal where he later died, the or­ga­nizer said. The con­test was com­posed of three sets of five con­tes­tants each. “We had the first and the sec­ond sets fin­ished and were watch­ing the third group when this hap­pened,” said the of­fi­cial at the co­op­er­a­tive, who de­clined to be named. Eat­ing con­tests are pop­u­lar events at var­i­ous re­gional fairs held in Ja­pan to pro­mote lo­cal pro­duce and cul­ture, as in other coun­tries where chok­ing deaths have been re­ported.

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