Man gored to death in Japan bull ring

2013-05-01 12:56

Tokyo - A bull has gored to death a 40-year-old man in southern Japan just a month after attacking his father and breaking the older man's ribs, police and a report said on Wednesday.

Owner Rikiya Tomi was set upon as he tried to show the huge animal to friends on the southern islet of Tokunoshima, broadcaster NHK said.

The 1 100kg beast speared him in the chest as he tried to entice it from the ring. He was confirmed dead at a hospital two hours later, police said.

The bull attacked Tomi's father early last month, breaking a number of ribs, Kyodo News reported, citing an association overseeing the island's bullfighting industry.

Tokunoshima, a small sub-tropical island off the southern Kyushu coast, is famed in Japan for its bull-on-bull fights, which have a tradition stretching back several hundred years.

The incident came ahead of the opening of the island's bull-fighting competition during the Golden Week holidays, which start at the end of this week and are expected to draw thousands of visitors.

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