2 Jan Two people died and 13 others were hospitalized in Tokyo on Monday after choking on mochi, glutinous rice cakes which are a popular food during the New Year holidays. According to the Tokyo Fire Department, a man in his 50s from Ota Ward went into cardiac arrest after choking on. In Japan, where more people die each year from choking than in traffic accidents, mush is getting a high-tech treatment. 2 Jan They are round, sweet and deadly. Japan's festive treat known as mochi has killed two people who suffocated on the rice cakes traditionally served on New Year's Day. Seven others were listed in serious condition, as a total 15 people were taken to hospital on January 1 after eating mochi, the Tokyo Fire. 30 Dec Japan's emergency services have issued a warning against people biting off more than they can chew when consuming traditional “mochi” rice cakes over the New Year festivities. Every January, the annual mochi death toll is a top story on Japanese news programmes as dozens of people are admitted to. Gracie traveled to Japan and participated in the tournament, firstly facing Daido- juku stylist Yoshinori Nishi. Gracie took him down and Nishi answered with a lockdown from half guard, but the Brazilian was able to pass his guard and catch him with a rear naked choke when Nishi turned his back. He later faced much larger. 4 Jan Traditional consumption of mochi rice cakes during New Year celebrations leaves 13 more people in serious condition.