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77-year-old woman scares off would-be robber in Osaka

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A 77-year-old woman was threatened with a knife in the store she runs in Osaka City on Thursday morning, but the armed assailant fled on his scooter after the woman told him she didn’t have any money and called out to her son in the back of the store.

Police said Mitsuko Kajiwara, owner of Food Shop Kajiwara in Higashi Sumiyoshi Ward, was threatened by a man with a knife just after 10 a.m. The man demanded she hand over some money, but she nonchalantly told him they didn’t have any, and yelled to her 50-year-old son working in the back of the store that there was a robber in the store. She went to the back and when she returned to the front with her son, the man had already left without taking anything, and was leaving the scene on his scooter.

Kajiwara’s son chased after him and was able to get his license plate, which he gave to police. Tomoyuki Fukuda, an unemployed 56-year-old man, was arrested Thursday night at his home in Abeno Ward for attempted robbery. He has denied the allegations, police said.

Police commended Kajiwara’s bravery, saying she had “nerves of steel.”

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Tough oba-san and loser thief. In many European countries people are encouraged not to resist so as not to endanger themselves. Nice to see the "have a go" spirit atill endures in Japan.

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Maybe. Probably more like a lot of gutless thieves who wimp-out at the first sign of resistance by their potential victim.

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The old force multiplier tactic. Make the other guy think that there are other people in close proximity. Well done Grandma.

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nerves of steel? i never heard such expression before. what a nerve!

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Go Obasan Go

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What a witless thief, using his own scooter without any attempt to cover the licence plate.

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Go Granny Go!

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Granny power 笑

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“nerves of steel.”

Good on her! But seriously the robber had nerves of jelly I think.

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Well done Obaachan! and as for the thief, what a looser...

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This happens only in Japan :) ..could not help laughing .. well done grand ma

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Poor guy, the son and the old lady have obviously set him up as revenge for something.

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She certainly did have nerves of steel. There is no doubt about that. However, it a good thing the would-be robber was a weak-kneed punk. If he had been more of a nut, she could have been seriously hurt.

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Lol only in Japan. The most pathetic, weak and dumb criminals in the world. And thats a good thing, actually!

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I wonder if in most of these cases they turn tail because the woman looks/reminds them of their own obaa-san and they can't go through with it, haha. These stories always make me smile. I'm glad no one was hurt.

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the Obasan is darn lucky she wasn't carved up by some desperate dude.. i am glad of the outcome but curious if the son was prepared to do some swift kung fu and take the knife away... becuz unless you are prepared to put your life on the line, then you better give the money. Is it worth guessing wrong?

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Nice headline, but it sounds like the son was the one who scared the robber.

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I love reading stories about "seasoned" citizens giving these whippersnappers their comeuppance. Good on you, oba-san!

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Yeah, this one ended well. Good news for once. They ought to give her a medal.

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Maybe. Probably more like a lot of gutless thieves who wimp-out at the first sign of resistance by their potential victim.

You make that sound like a bad thing. You'd prefer thieves with guts that slash at their victims for resisting?

But, really, because she was honest and then yelled for help, does that make her courageous? Honest and smart, yeah, courageous, no not really.

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The man was a fool in the first place for trying to rob an Osaka obasan

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