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¥14 mil stolen from man after pepper spray attack at Tokyo hotel

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A 20-year-old man was robbed of a bag containing approximately 14 million yen in cash after being sprayed with pepper gas inside the restroom of the Shinagawa Prince Hotel in Tokyo on Wednesday.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 6:30 p.m., Fuji TV reported. The victim told police he was coming out of a toilet cubicle in the second-floor restroom when he was sprayed in the face by a man who stole his bag containing about 14 million yen in cash.

The victim, who sustained burns to his face and hands, called 110 right after the robbery. Police said he told them he had been given the money by an acquaintance.

The suspect, who got away, is described as being in his 20s, approximately 170 cm tall and was wearing a black hat and white face mask.

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How did the robber know there was a man there with that amount of money in his bag that day...someone must've told him...

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Carrying 14 million cash around in a bag he was given by "an acquaintance"? And some "random" mugger just happened to hit the lottery in a public toilet? Nothing shady here.

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This is a very believeable story and a warning for all of us next time an acquaintance gives us 14 million yen in a bag.

So much for safety Japan.

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Anyone taking odds on the "friend" and the robber being the same person...?

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And I thought Japan was safe?

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Smells of yak, both of them.

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This is well-dodgy... "Here my friend, have 14 million yen in used notes in a handy bag. Ta-ta." Then after going to the loo he's suddenly mugged... doesn't take Poirot to figure this one out

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I have always wondered if pepper spray was available here especially for women facing molesters. I guess this answers my question but used in the wrong way.

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Japan has never really been as safe as many people seem to have portrayed it. (Although safer than most places). But even years ago I would never have walked around anywhere in Japan with such large sums of money in cash.

However, I definitely think that in the last 10 years, Japan has changed a lot, and is now no more, no less safe than most other places.

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he will still have to pay tax on it...

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Obviously the thief knew you had the money dingaling

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If getting pepper sprayed is national news I would say Japan is a pretty safe place. Where I’m from in the us regular shootings barley get a mention in the paper.

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Dodgy with a capital D

:)

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"The suspect, who got away"

No worries, the police will catch him - I mean, how many guys are in their 20s, approximately 170 cm tall and wear a black hat and white face mask?

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Wearing a White Face Mask. How do you know he or she was 20 something years old?

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And I thought Japan was safe?

You aren't thinking this story somehow has some sort of correlation to whether or not Japan is safe, are you? That would be... entirely illogical.

However, I definitely think that in the last 10 years, Japan has changed a lot, and is now no more, no less safe than most other places.

Can you please show the numbers you've seen that brought you to this conclusion?

Or are you just going off a feeling, based on the number of news stories you've read? If so, see my above comment.

Wearing a White Face Mask. How do you know he or she was 20 something years old?

They don't. It's a description. They'll know if the person was actually the age given as a description if/when they catch the robber.

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kurisupisu:

And I thought Japan was safe?

I doubt anybody, including you, believed Japan was crime-less.

Yes, Japan is safe, safe relatively, in comparison to many other countries.

For example,

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_intentional_homicide_rate

Ex_ResNov:

I definitely think that in the last 10 years, Japan has changed a lot, and is now no more, no less safe than most other places.

The data shows otherwise. See, for example, an article from Japan Times:

The number of recorded crimes in Japan continued to fall in 2017, hitting a record low of 915,111 on the back of a sharp drop in thefts, preliminary police data showed Thursday.

The overall number of cases has consistently declined in Japan after hitting a peak of 2.85 million in 2002... {Japan Times, Jan 18, 2018}

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/01/18/national/crime-legal/japans-crime-rate-hits-record-low-number-thefts-plummets/#.W9sbNJNKiUk

toshi

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Japan has never really been as safe as many people seem to have portrayed it. (Although safer than most places). But even years ago I would never have walked around anywhere in Japan with such large sums of money in cash.

Do you know how much money that is? Nobody other than yakuza would walk around with that much.

However, I definitely think that in the last 10 years, Japan has changed a lot, and is now no more, no less safe than most other places.

Lol. OK....

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Thunderbird2Nov. 1  05:08 pm JST This is well-dodgy... "Here my friend, have 14 million yen in used notes in a handy bag. Ta-ta." Then after going to the loo he's suddenly mugged... doesn't take Poirot to figure this one out

Really? This kind of thing happens almost monthly in Japan - someone is out in public with a large amount of cash and gets rolled. It may be an "inside job," but only in the sense that the perp has simply watched and noted cash handling patterns. This one has the added twist, because it happened in a nice hotel, of perhaps of being a case of a thief ripping off a criminal.

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Complete BS, some sort of insider job or insurance scam.

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20 year olds can be mouthy. Perhaps the lad with the generous acquaintances was shooting his mouth off about the bag of cash he had.

At first blush it seems to have to be an inside job, but that fades the more consideration you give it.

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Robbery: where victim blaming is still social acceptable!

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I wish I had acquaintances like that, but something smells fishy here.

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