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Man arrested for hitting ‘noisy’ 10-year-old boy with hammer

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Police in Nagoya have arrested a 60-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder after he hit a 10-year-old boy on the head with a hammer. The boy lives in an apartment on the second floor above the suspect.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 8 p.m. on Monday night in Nakagawa Ward, Fuji TV reported. Police said the suspect, Yoshiharu Mizutani, forcefully entered the boy’s apartment and hit him on the head with a hammer.

The boy was taken to hospital but his injuries are not life-threatening.

Police quoted Mizutani as saying he had been growing annoyed by the boy’s “noisy behavior.” He said the boy had been noisy on many occasions and that “this time, I was thinking of killing him.”

Other residents in the building told media they had seen Mizutani shouting at the boy a few days before the attack.

The boy lives with his mother and two brothers. The mother was out at the time of the attack, but the victim’s two brothers were not hurt.

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The brave Mizutani waits until mom's gone, then goes in a hits a little boy with a hammer, admitting maybe he wanted to kill him. Now, this is Japan, and these old guys exist all over the place and so little is done the government has to in fact bail on promises to expand daycare centres for kids, so I doubt that anything will come of this except Mizutani will have to pay compensation and likely move, but I pray that the courts see some wisdom and the man is put behind bars for years. In there, I hope he gets 'lucky' enough to be put with noisy neighbours. Maybe he'll think he might have overreacted a little.

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Monster neighbors are a real thing in Japan. I guess the fact that many apartment buildings are made with very thin walls and floors that offer no noise insulation doesn't help. I've had quite a few 'monster neighbor' experiences in the years I've lived here. In fact, I have one living downstairs right now who starts banging on her ceiling if I flush the toilet at 1am. True! Luckily, I am moving into a large house on a large block this weekend and will not have to worry about these petty idiots anymore. One of the joys of living in the burbs is definitely affordable housing.

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Since 2008 we have lived in a very large house without any immediate neighbors and for several years we were on our own. More young people with small children have moved in. But we can't disturb others and they can't disturb us.

Nasty man to attack such a young child for whatever reasons. Especially forcing entry.

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DisillusionedToday  04:24 pm JST

"Monster neighbors are a real thing in Japan. I guess the fact that many apartment buildings are made with very thin walls and floors that offer no noise insulation doesn't help. I've had quite a few 'monster neighbor' experiences in the years I've lived here"

DITTO!

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No amount of apologizing would be enough to atone for what this guy did. I'm just curious, do they bother to lock doors in Japan (I know that those in rural areas usually don't), but this could've been prevented with that.

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There are many kinds of hammers, including plastic, wood, and rubber, but this guy admits he wanted to kill the kid, so I guess we are left to imagine a large metal-headed hammer.

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smithinjapan

Lunatcs hitting children for no or stupid reasons is NOT a Japanese trait?

Would you like it if I read the morning paper from where you are from and equate that with behavior that must be localized and genetic?

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Anybody can loose the plot once in a while, but that is excessive.

I have noticed over the years though, peoples patience fuse getting shorter and shorter.

My native country has similar problems in the form of Road Rage.

Luckily for everybody concerned, the boys injuries are not life threatening.

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Monster neighbors are a real thing in Japan. I guess the fact that many apartment buildings are made with very thin walls and floors that offer no noise insulation doesn't help. I've had quite a few 'monster neighbor' experiences in the years I've lived here. In fact, I have one living downstairs right now who starts banging on her ceiling if I flush the toilet at 1am. True! Luckily, I am moving into a large house on a large block this weekend and will not have to worry about these petty idiots anymore. One of the joys of living in the burbs is definitely affordable housing.

Anybody can lose the plot once in awhile, but that is excessive.I have noticed over the years though, peoples patience fuse getting shorter and shorter.

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Did he put a Wacky plaster on the boy's chin too?

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Breaking and entering, attempted murder, hate crime against children— life in prison!

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This is inexcusable.

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Never met a kid who wasn't "noisy"

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Wonder if he had any himself.

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Breaking and entering, attempted murder, hate crime against children— life in prison!

Life in prison! Sounds even more excessive than the defendants actions.

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The old man admitted intent to kill. I think life in prison for a violent, premeditated murder attempt on a child is appropriate.

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this old man should spent the rest of his life in jail for attempted murder and intruding, this is very common in japan where you will see many people would hit the wall or kill someone for making noise. i have had this experience where my neighbor hits my all almost everyday even when i talk on phone.

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