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Agriculture ministry employee arrested for assaulting bar employee

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Police in Yokohama said Monday they have arrested a 54-year-old man who works for the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on suspicion of assault after beat up an employee at a bar.

The incident occurred at around 11 p.m. Sunday at the bar in Kanazawa Ward, Fuji TV reported. According to police, the suspect, Mitsuhiro Minami got into a dispute with the employee over the bill and started punching him in the face and head. The employee suffered a cut lip and bruises to his face. Another employee called 110. 

Police said Minami has denied the charged and quoted him as saying he was drunk and can’t remember anything.

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Police said Minami has denied the charged and quoted him as saying he was drunk and can’t remember anything.

Police: Were you drunk?

Minami: Yes.

Police: Do you remember what you did?

Minami: No.

Police (to media): He said he was drunk and can't remember anything.

JT readers: Only in Japan.

Court: (We never get that part.)

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Too much pride, simple.

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Rich people punching guests in the face and head over probably ¥8000? I could understand an affair with my husband or wife, but a meal and drink together?

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He could try the MEXT defence: "I asked the staff to check the records, and there was no record of the assault".

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Police said Minami has denied the charged and quoted him as saying he was drunk and can’t remember anything.

As soon as I read the headline I knew this euphemism would be in the article. Being so drunk you can't remember should be part of the offense, not the excuse.

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Peeping_Tom: "No Court would take this "excuse" as a potential defense."

Correction: no court in most countries.

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"Police said Minami has denied the charged and quoted him as saying he was drunk and can’t remember anything."

Ah, the excuse that works for them every time.

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can you deny something you do not remember?

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Minami has denied the charged and quoted him as saying he was drunk and can’t remember anything.

classic

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That's not a defense to assault anywhere; it's just the perpetrator trying to get out of a potentially sticky situation.

No Court would take this "excuse" as a potential defense.

Potential defenses:

a) Self-defense

b) Defense of another, providing reasonable force was applied on both situations.

N.B. Mutually agreed "pugilatus" is a dubious defense; the other party my wish to stop half-way but you do not. Or your punches might just be bit too "convincing" to the Judge that there was no agreement after all. Therefore, don't go for this one.

Hope it's clear now.

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Well, alcohol did it !

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Police said Minami has denied the charged and quoted him as saying he was drunk and can’t remember anything.

Is Japan the only country that tries to (not sure if it is accepted) use this as a defense? Imagine if government employees could use that in the states.

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He's a government employee, money will be paid and the case will be dropped

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Police said Minami has denied the charged and quoted him as saying he was drunk and can’t remember anything.

What a novel defense. I've never read that in virtually every article involving an arrest where alcohol was involved.

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