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17-year-old youth arrested over 8 suspicious fires within one hour

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Police in Komae, Tokyo, said Wednesday they have arrested a 17-year-old youth over eight suspicious fires that occurred within one hour in a residential area on Tuesday night.

According to police, the first fire occurred at around 6:15 p.m. when a cover on a motorbike outside an apartment building was set on fire, Fuji TV reported. Then a cardboard box was set alight at a garbage pickup spot outside a condo. Soon after that, there were four fires on the stairwell of a nearby condo. Then two motorbikes were set on fire. In total, there were eight fires within the hour, police said.

Police found the suspect holding matches near the scene of where the two motorbikes were torched and said he has confessed to the arson spree.

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"there were eight fires within the hour"

I hope he managed to relieve all that STRESS that was building up!!

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Arsonist, should be arrested and made to do community service until the damage that he has caused are paid off. Wonder how many hours of scraping rust and repaint will add up to till the damage is covered.

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My neighbourhood, police and fire sirens were going crazy. Glad they caught the nutter...

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Why do Japanese people always confess right away?

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"Why do Japanese people always confess right away?"

Many argue its Japanese culture, and many argue their CRIMINAL confessions, exist for myriad of ideological, political, and FORCED CONFESSIONS reasons.

https://www.quora.com/What-are-the-main-reasons-why-some-criminals-confess-to-the-police-when-first-questioned-about-their-crimes-rather-than-waiting-until-their-lawyers-have-negotiated-a-plea-bargain

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"Many argue its Japanese culture, and many argue their CRIMINAL confessions, exist for myriad of ideological, political, and FORCED CONFESSIONS reasons."

too bad the ones at the top procrastinate as much as possible...

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Why do Japanese people always confess right away?

While it's certainly in fashion to blame the vast majority of confessions in Japan on coercion by the police, that just doesn't make a whole lot of sense, numerically speaking. I prefer to believe that Japanese tend to believe that when caught and accused of a crime they indeed committed, they simply accept responsibility for it because it's the right thing to do.

Versus the contrary in other nations with more . . . errrr . . robust legal systems, where the norm seems to be, "Even though I'm guilty as sin, I'm going to secure a lawyer do my damnedest to get off Scott free."

I prefer the former to the letter, to be honest.

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