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51-year-old man arrested for disrupting Tokyo Disneyland parade

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Police in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, have arrested an unemployed 51-year-old man on suspicion of forcible obstruction of business after he disrupted a Christmas-themed parade at Tokyo Disneyland on Tuesday.

Police said the unnamed suspect, who lives in Ichihara in Chiba Prefecture, has been rambling incomprehensibly since being arrested and that he has a history of mental illness. Kyodo News reported that the trouble occurred at around 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday as guests at the popular theme park were enjoying the Disney Christmas Stories Parade. The man ran out onto the parade route, causing the parade to stop.

According to the PR department of Oriental Land Co, the operator of Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, the parade resumed after about six minutes.

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Mental illnesses / conditions are not very well catered for in Japan.

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Somehow he managed to get to Disney, stand in line, pay for the expensive ticket, and all for this lol

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Speed - The poor children!!

It was probably a little traumatic for some of them to see a man tackled to the ground by multiple staff members for just standing in the street, waving his arms, instead of simply being escorted away.

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Could have been a panic attack. Most Japanese would not know the difference.

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If your grasp on reality is tenuous, seeing two giant mice dancing towards you could be a bit of a shock.

One of the most unexpected things I've seen in Japan was a scruffy Westerner wandering up the road muttering incoherently in English at a mixture of bewildered and nervous locals.

Note that there are a huge range of different mental health problems, most of which you wouldn't notice. Only a small number of sufferers can cause problems, and the majority of them are a greater threat to themselves than to others. Anyone can slide a bit from the twisted horror show we like to call 'normal', so don't be harsh in your views. It can be as easy to suffer from mental health problems as it is to suffer from flu, and nobody has built in immunity to it. It could be you somewhere down the line.

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If he is mentally ill, it's understandable. Any other reason for going to Disneyland is unjustifiable.

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@Abe234 I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU! No one is perfect, I had posted many months ago that mental illness is one of the most unrecognizable sicknesses that people have but the quickest to point out when someone has a relapse or done something our of the "norm". We all have problems that we cope with and can deal with, some people may not like those problems because they may see or feel they are annoying but they don't bother anyone. I remember going to Dizzyland in Anaheim and watching Mickey Mouse approach kids and the kids screamed in horror and ran away on many different occassions. Now is that considered a mental illness or is it just something frightening? People have set offs and perhaps this is what happened to that individual at that time. Imagine those little kids screaming because a BIG rat is trying to grab them. After all the Mickey mouse they saw on TV was small and had little feet and a small head. Yes we can look around and we are all different and we all have problems but are we all crazy? Just my reasoning?

People with mental illness do not need to be chaperoned every day. Millions of patients with mental I’ll Ed’s go to work, have families and are no problem. Just like diabetes’, glaucoma, people live with their conditions. And just like some conditions some patients relapse, and need help. But I think to just say “mental illness” as though everyone is schizophrenic is totally wrong. Some patients are so hyper, and excited over happy, and some are paranoid, some have delusions , and some are depressed. When we say mental illness, it depends on the condition, and what they present with. Someone paranoid might think Mickey is some monster while others who are mentally I’ll maybe hypomanic and become too excited.

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He was arrested by police for doing what...... forcibly obstructing the business of what...... a Disney Christmas Parade.......

Only in Japan, folks !!

Surely the parade-actors could have shown a benign congenial approach towards someone who was obviously having a bit of a 'mental moment' - after all, these Disney characters are supposed to be kind and benevolent, and this would have been a nice opportunity to display their 'fun side'.....

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You can do vaccines and temperature checks for Covid-19, but for mental illness there has to be at least one question that will produce clues as to the mental status of people,(customers).

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justasking

"forcible obstruction of business"

This is the most frivolous charge that police love to use in every situation.

It's not frivolous in a society whose leaders value business over people.

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The poor children!!

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People with mental illness do not need to be chaperoned every day. Millions of patients with mental I’ll Ed’s go to work, have families and are no problem. Just like diabetes’, glaucoma, people live with their conditions. And just like some conditions some patients relapse, and need help. But I think to just say “mental illness” as though everyone is schizophrenic is totally wrong. Some patients are so hyper, and excited over happy, and some are paranoid, some have delusions , and some are depressed. When we say mental illness, it depends on the condition, and what they present with. Someone paranoid might think Mickey is some monster while others who are mentally I’ll maybe hypomanic and become too excited.

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an unemployed 51-year-old man on suspicion of forcible obstruction of business after he disrupted a Christmas-themed parade at Tokyo Disneyland on Tuesday.

The last thing he should be doing as an unemployed man is paying 5 or 8 or 10 thousand yen, whatever the fee is now to go into Disneyland.............and on a Tuesday.

Why not give him a job cleaning up the park or something. Instead of arresting him. Clearly he has time to spare. Help him out a little.

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The man has a history of mental illness, sounds familiar, simply look around you, each and every day of the week.

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forcible obstruction of business

This is the most frivolous charge that police love to use in every situation.

Imagine you’re crying in the middle of the street and police can arrest you for “obstruction of business”.

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Did the perp give a reason?

Was he going to stab Mickey?

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Original Land Co

Did you mean Oriental Land?

Moderator: Yes, thanks for pointing that out.

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@Laguna You'd be surprised (or not) with the number of unchaperoned people here with mental illness, or mental disability.

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Used to work the parade route at Disneyland in Anaheim. One of my responsibilities was to keep idiots from wandering into the parade route - though this guy sounds mentally ill, which is sad - but if so, he should have been chaperoned.

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