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Patient arrested after starting fire in hospital rehab room

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Police in Osaka have arrested a 68-year-old patient at a hospital on suspicion of attempted arson after he started a fire in a room at the facility.

According to police, Shoichi Yokota used a lighter to set fire to a blood pressure measuring machine in the first-floor rehabilitation room at Tsubasa Clinic in Nishinari Ward at around 7:40 p.m. Sunday, Kyodo News reported. A fire alarm went off and another patient used a fire extinguisher to put the fire out. Only the blood pressure monitor and a chair were damaged.

There were 18 people in the three-story clinic at the time. No one was injured.

Police said Yokota, who was identified after an analysis of surveillance camera footage, has admitted to the allegation and quoted him as saying he was trying to ease the pent-up stress of hospital life.

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Another fire and potential tragedy in another clinic in Japan caused a disgruntled individual. Thankfully, none of other 18 were injured or died.

- “Yokota has admitted to the allegation and quoted him as saying he was trying to ease the pent-up stress of hospital life.” -

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Let’s see this hero/patient gets an Osaka City/Fire Department commendation for their quick thinking and action. No mention here of an evacuation and that there were adequate additional escape routes and sprinklers in this building. Perhaps lessons were learned and policies were changed since that other tragedy in Dec 2021. Well Done!

“A fire alarm went off and another patient used a fire extinguisher to put the fire out.” -

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Interesting to know what treatment they get in these rehab rooms if patients do this. In Japan, usually massive sedation, so maybe he wasn’t taking his medicine?

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 he was trying to ease the pent-up stress of hospital life.

tension breaker………had to be done.

how about doing something less life threatening?

like maybe play Uno.

watch PRON.

or, you know, maybe do anything else in the entire world, other than start an indoor fire

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RodneyToday  10:41 am JST

Interesting to know what treatment they get in these rehab rooms if patients do this. In Japan, usually massive sedation, so maybe he wasn’t taking his medicine?

So, you don't know what treatment is available in these rehab rooms but then go on to say, usually massive sedation.

So first you admit that you don't know what you're talking about then you go on to suggest, by use of "usually" that you do.

Perhaps you know more about your own country than you do about Japan?

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With the recent Osaka clinic arson incident this has special importance, the criminal don't have the excuse of thinking the fire would have no serious consequences because by now everybody is well aware of what can happen. I think this should be part of the considerations in the trial.

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virus rex

Not much of a “trial” per se in Japan but more off a review of the evidence, if the accused was aware of the consequences of his actions and expresses remorse prior to sentencing.

This perp sounds like he knew what he was doing and didn’t care about other people in the building.

smh

The hero mentioned in this story does deserve a medal. This could have been another “choke-point” tragedy and embarrassment for Osaka’s Fire department.

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With the recent Osaka clinic arson incident this has special importance, the criminal don't have the excuse of thinking the fire would have no serious consequences because by now everybody is well aware of what can happen. I think this should be part of the considerations in the trial.

Everybody has been aware of what can happen basically as long as written history has existed.

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Rodney

Interesting to know what treatment they get in these rehab rooms if patients do this.

Usually, just mobility and orthopedic-related activity. In the US, it is referred to as Physical Therapy. In Japan, it's called "rehabilitation" or リハビリ.

In Japan, usually massive sedation, so maybe he wasn’t taking his medicine?

Nope. Not usually necessary for such therapy. What makes you think they do that in Japan?

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@garypen/Rodney why not call it a "treatment facility"?

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A rubbish oji. Should have set fire to himself only.

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A rubbish oji. Should have set fire to himself only.

I don't think he was a prince mate. Not even royalty. Just some old dude.

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kaimycahl

@garypen/Rodney why not call it a "treatment facility"?

Because, in Japan, physical therapy is called "rehabilitation". The news article is merely using the local terminology, as one would expect.

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