Man arrested for graffiti on fence claims to have been spray-painting for over 30 years


Police in Tokyo have arrested a 47-year-old graphic designer on suspicion of property destruction after he spray-painted graffiti on a fence inside the premises of an office building at around 4 a.m. on April 18.

Police said Masayuki Kamibara, a resident of Nakano Ward, was apprehended by officers from Yoyogi Police Station on Tuesday, Sankei Shimbun reported.

Following his arrest, Kamibara was quoted as saying “I’ve been spray-painting on building walls and fences for over 30 years, so I can’t remember where I painted what graffiti.”

According to police reports, Kamibara has left his mark on private property under the name “smokee.” Since last year, there have been several acts of vandalism by graffiti in Shibuya Ward.

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Neck tattoo = guilty as charged.

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What a despicable criminal. Think of the children!

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Apart from combinis selling alcohol 24hr a day at very cheap prices, I think the best thing about Japan is graffiti is very rare in most of Japan.

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Was it a chain link fence?

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90% of graffiti is just trash and depressing to see. Occasionally a design will be pleasing to the eyes.

Smokee probably needs to get a different life.

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Never understood why Graffiti is treated so lightly...these "failed artists" are criminals who damage property

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 Think of the children!

He is one of the children.

Hmm, 30 years of tagging private and public property that doesn't belong to him, time to get a new hobby junior. It's not the 80's anymore. I wish it were, but it isn't.

Does he even do good work? Does he make beautiful pictures? Or just a couple of scratches or giant S graffiti?

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"been spray-painting on building walls and fences for over 30 years"

and just now got caught...

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Apparently 30 years may be an issue for the police.

However, by enforcing even something seemingly minor like grafitti and even shoplifting a single item, the people are kept in check. Which basically indicates that the laws are not necessarily strict bur designed to be effective also in "prevention" of crimes as people are made aware that even seemingly minor misdeeds are also unacceptable and is a crime.

The problem is that such a system sometimes makes people meek and too reliant on police to take care of their problems. Which inturn makes the gang members bolder against their victims and at the same time difficult to catch.

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When you say I have the right to remain silent while in the interrogation room I bet the whole police station starts rolling on the floor laughing so hard they almost cry.

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Mr Kamibara now gets to join the 99%...

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Most of the graffiti in my area is bosozokus using spray paint with an unreadable tag.

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" Kamibara was quoted as saying “I’ve been spray-painting on building walls and fences for over 30 years, so I can’t remember where I painted what graffiti.”"

I say let the punishment fit the crime, now spend 30 yrs cleaning up the graffiti. Kamibarasan, show me wipe it up, now show me wipe it down, next show me side to side, yes left to right, right to left. Show me, breath Kamibarasan, very important to breath..

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