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A British samurai sword expert killed himself with his own weapon in the tradition of ancient Japanese warriors.
Divorcee Alun Jones fell on a samurai sword in his bedroom and bled to death.
The ritual method of sucide was known as “hara kiri” in ancient Japan.
The 51-year-old was found dead in June this year by his mother Margaret lying on top of the blade.
An inquest heard Mr Jones worked in a shop selling samurai swords in Japan and had been staying with his mother on one of his regular holidays back home to Britain.
The inquest heard that Mr Jones was “not his usual self” on his trip back home to Newport, Gwent.
His sister Marianne Caulfield told the inquest: “For many years he had lived abroad and when he came home he would go out visiting friends.
“But this time he had lost weight and spent most of his time in his bedroom.
“He had a collection of samurai swords and had developed an interest in the samurai tradition.”
A few hours before he was found dead he was seen by a neighbour asleep on a settee with an open book of family photos next to him.
Detective Rhys Williams told the inquest that Mr Jones was found on his bedroom floor with the sword protruding from his body.
Mr Jones had sent the blade to a specialist in London and received them back shortly before killing himself.
The inquest heard that Mr Jones died from lacerations to the heart and liver after stabbing himself.
Gwent senior coroner David Bowen said: “He had a collection of samurai swords which he sent to a specialist in London and had been returned days before he was found dead.
He was found with the samurai sword underneath his body and I am satisfied it was self inflicted.
“In Japan the samurai tradition is called hara kiri. In this country it is suicide.”
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Abiy Ahmed wins the 2019 Nobel Peace Award
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for immersly efforts to end two decades of hostility with longtime enemy Eritrea.
Though Africa’s youngest leader still faces big challenges, he has in under two years in power begun political and economic reforms that promise a better life for many in impoverished Ethiopia and restored ties with Eritrea that had been frozen since a 1998-2000 border war.
“We are proud as a nation,” the prime minister’s office said in a statement, hailing a “collective win for all Ethiopians, and a call to strengthen our resolve in making Ethiopia – the new horizon of hope – a prosperous nation for all.”
It said the prize was meant to recognize “all the stakeholders working for peace and reconciliation in Ethiopia and in the East and Northeast African regions.”
The Nobel Committee’s decision appeared designed to encourage the peace process, echoing the 1994 peace prize shared by Israeli and Palestinian leaders and the 1993 award for moves towards reconciliation in South Africa, said Dan Smith, head of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
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