Ned Kelly “The Jing'an Fire: A Resident's tale” that's Shanghai December 2010, p.24
Japanese man died with wife, says friend
2010-11-19 03:20:45 GMT2010-11-19 11:20:45 (Beijing Time) China Daily
SHANGHAI - A Japanese man who was staying in the Shanghai high-rise when it was engulfed in flames on Monday was found dead with his wife, a friend of the couple told China Daily.
He said he was given the news by a Shanghai firefighter who worked at the scene, although he did not explain where he learned of the deaths.
"They're gone," said Dong in a telephone interview on Thursday. He refused to talk any more about the tragedy, explaining only that Wang had permanent residency in Japan and that the couple had returned to China for her father's birthday.
"They were holding each other when they died," he added.
The Japanese consulate in Shanghai was still awaiting confirmation of the death as China Daily went to press.
"We've noticed the newspaper reports about the death of Japanese citizens but we haven't received confirmation yet," said a consulate spokeswoman who gave her name as Chen. "An investigation by related departments is ongoing."
Since the blaze in Jing'an district, a list of missing people has been updated and posted by the city's bureau of civil affairs at the temporary shelter in No 2 Amateur Sports School. Yet, that was removed on Thursday morning.
Chen Chang, a publicity official with the district government, said statistics on the missing will no longer be pinned to the school's notice board. Instead, the police will update the official figure.
However, Yang Ye, a senior police officer, refused to offer a number when contacted by China Daily. He said the information is only available from the district's publicity department.
According to the last figure made available to the public on Wednesday, 36 people were still missing.
Meanwhile, 16 of the 71 people hospitalized with injuries after the blaze remain in critical condition, said officials with Shanghai's health bureau.
Claims adjusters have already arrived at the temporary shelter to help residents deal with claiming on life and property insurance policies.
Staff at a consultation office set up by Ping'an Insurance, one of the biggest firms in China, said that 65 of its customers were safe, 11 were hospitalized, one had died and another was missing.
"The victim who died had life insurance and his relatives have already received full compensation," said Liu Yan, head of claims. He said the reason few residents of the building had purchased property insurance was because a lack of risk awareness.
The cost of insurance against fire, natural disasters and theft in China is roughly 300 to 500 yuan ($45 to $75), which covers up to 500,000 yuan of damage.
"We've found some clients affected by the fire didn't choose additional accident insurance when they bought their life policies," added Liu. "We can't pay out in those circumstances."
riday, Nov. 19, 2010
Japanese likely died in Shanghai fire
SHANGHAI (Kyodo) A Japanese man was probably among the 53 people confirmed killed in Monday's fire at a high-rise residential building in downtown Shanghai, an acquaintance of the man said Wednesday.
The acquaintance, a childhood friend of the man's Chinese wife, who also perished in the fire, identified the man as Yukihiro Tachibana, adding he was 67 years old and visiting from Tokyo.
The Japanese Consulate in Shanghai said it is working to confirm the newspaper report.
The acquaintance saw the body but could not identify it due to its condition. The Shanghai police are working to identify the body and other victims of the fire by DNA analysis.
The husband and wife live in Tokyo, but traveled to Shanghai this summer to visit her father after he had fallen ill, according to the acquaintance.