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19-year-old arrested over man’s death in Osaka bar

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Police in Osaka on Sunday arrested a 19-year-old youth on suspicion of killing a 69-year-old man at a bar.

According to police, the suspect, who cannot be named because he is a minor, has admitted to the charge and said he beat the man, Noboru Morita, after they got into an argument.

Police said the incident occurred at around 12:45 a.m. in the bar in Nishinari Ward. The woman who manages the bar called police and reported that two customers were fighting.

Morita was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead due to loss of blood. Police said the suspect and Morita apparently did not know each other.

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He killed somebody but we have to protect his privacy?

7 ( +13 / -6 )

19 years old and a murderer but he's still called a minor. Ridiculous.

12 ( +17 / -5 )

Agree with the previous post. The old boy probably presumed his superiority due to being longer in the tooth. Add too much pride and a good bit of booze and anything could happen.

6 ( +9 / -3 )

Why was a minor in a bar at all?

17 ( +19 / -2 )

The Nishinari area is what one could term a bit rough around the edges...

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He killed somebody but we have to protect his privacy?

So much for innocent until proven guilty.

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Hopefully the idiot bar owner will have her license revoked for serving a 19 year old liquor.

10 ( +14 / -4 )

Could have been self defense. Could have been an accident. Some fights end badly, and not necessarily because someone had murderous intent.

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The story does not state what the argument was about but I hope the argument was worth Taking a life and spending a life in prison. So this happened in a BAR between a 19 year old and a 69 year old Safe to say alcohol was the cause of it all. Since this happened in Japan all the 19 year old has to say is - I was drunk I don't remember - and he'll get away with it.

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The article is very scanty as usual.

Death due lose of blood, without stating what was used to inflict the wounds. I can only guess the young murderer was carrying a knife.

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Safe to say alcohol was the cause of it all.

No it's not. Alcohol may very well not have played any part in it at all.

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Lets not forget Dude that, um, a 19 year old for um.....ya know, in a bar....within the city...that ain't legal either.

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Japanese news reveals that the "boy" was drunk and punched the old man in the face. No weapon was involved.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

So much for innocent until proven guilty.

....has admitted to the charge 

No it's not. Alcohol may very well not have played any part in it at all.

So he was sitting in the bar drinking ocha then? A bit of a reach and you're not even a drinker. Even one glass of alcohol alters your mind because it's a chemical,so if he did drink,then alcohol would've been a factor. And he'd have sobered up wondering WTF did I do? He drank and we all know it.

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No it's not. Alcohol may very well not have played any part in it at all.

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So he was sitting in the bar drinking ocha then?

Maybe. Or he walked in off the street and attacked someone randomly. Or he came to the bar looking for the old man, and attacked him right as he came in the door. Or any of an infinite number of other reasons why he may have been in the bar and not drinking alcohol.

I never said he wasn't drinking alcohol, I just pointed out that it's not safe to assume alcohol was involved.

He drank and we all know it.

He may or may not have drank, and none of us know if he did or not at this point.

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Got to love you my fellow foreigners. Most of you I often see complaining that 19 is no minor while at the same time complaining that a 19 year old might have been drinking alcohol.

I am more worried about 69 year olds who drink than 19 year olds. But regardless, I am still pro-freedom. There is no reason why any random teenager should not have been raised well enough to handle some alcohol....and if they can't then I doubt they will after 20 either.

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doel jusino:

The story does not state what the argument was about but I hope the argument was worth Taking a life and spending a life in prison.

Slap on the wrist, not life in prison, since he is not 20 yet. Japanese law is very strict in this regard. A single day difference in your birth certificate makes a world of difference in this country.

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He may or may not have drank, and none of us know if he did or not at this point.

PerformingMonkey

Today  01:28 pm JST

Japanese news reveals that the "boy" was drunk and punched the old man in the face. No weapon was involved.

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Most people go to a bar to drink!

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Minors in Japan should not drink - the law is firmly against it!

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Most people go to a bar to drink!

And this kid was probably there to drink. But something being probable, and something being actual, are two different things.

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Minors in Japan should not drink - the law is firmly against it!

Different laws apply in Nishinari - the law of the jungle some would say.

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rainydayJuly 1  12:39 pm JST

Lets not forget Dude that, um, a 19 year old for um.....ya know, in a bar....within the city...that ain't legal either.

Big L reference... I like your style dude!

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Hillclimber, I have no reason to believe that there is an age limit for bar entry and why should there be? When I was a kid I spent some time in bars.

But you know, this whole thread is a testament to how far gone people are. A man is dead and people fret about a 19 year old drinking alcohol.

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