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Flasher delays train for over 7,000 commuters in Saga

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Police on Tuesday arrested a man for obscenity in public after he reportedly flashed passengers riding on the JR Kagoshima Line. According to reports, at around 7:50 a.m., Takashi Ishikawa, 56, boarded a train heading from Ogura toward Tosu City in Saga Prefecture, dropped his pants and flashed a 24 year-old female passenger.

Ishikawa, who told police he was unemployed and homeless, admitted to the charges, and was quoted as saying: "I got on the train with the intention of flashing someone."

According to police, the conductors attempted to question Ishikawa about the incident while the train was stopped at Spaceworld Station in Kitakyushu City, but he jumped onto the tracks and ran about 650 meters before he was apprehended by JR staff who found him hiding in the shadow of a freight train.

Ishikawa was fully clothed when he made his attempted escape. The train was stopped for over 30 minutes, delaying or canceling 13 other trains and affecting about 7,000 passengers.

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sooooooooo funny!

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Flash Gordon strikes again.

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Did the 24 year old female passenger have a magnifying glass?

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while the train was stopped at Spaceworld

Doesn't this little tidbit explain everything?

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whats up w/jpn dudes and flashing? i can never understand the japanese psyche...

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whats up w/jpn dudes and flashing? i can never understand the japanese psyche...

the flasher is unemployed and jobless, committing a petty crime, get imprison, and you get free lunch.

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hahahaha that made my day

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Ishikawa, who told police he was unemployed and homeless, admitted to the charges, and was quoted as saying: “I got on the train with the intention of flashing someone.”

Homeless, jobless, and apparently penniless, at least he can't blame it on being drunk or 'stress'. Kudos Ishikawa-san for your honestly and (ahem) 'frankness'! :)

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I hope he took a shower before committing this crime.

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Lunatics and trains are just a little too common a combination in Japan.

So as to make our commutes a little better, dear Loonies, please try some of the following alternatives.

Instead of jumping in front of trains, please jump in front of long boring company meetings. They are just as deadly and a lot less messy. Your actions will be rewarded with the undying gratitude of those spared these long meetings.

Instead of flashing on trains, please do so at large office elevator banks. None of us really want to go up to the office and the close proximity of coffee shops will give us good excuse to chill out a bit before ending up at out desks. Please bring your friends so you can stop all the elevators at once.

If you want to run around raving made somewhere, please try the lobbies of most company offices. We could use the laugh and you will cause just as much distrubance as if running on the trains.

Bottom line, commuting is already a pain, so if you must behave in a crazy manner, please do so where it will do some good for other tired workers.

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Was he wearing a red cape?

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It gives new meaning to 'all I have is the shirt on my back'

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Reminds me of the other day when I saw a guy walking around near the local station, with his pants undone and his equipment in hand, and a big smile on his face. No one bothered to arrest him. What would the point have been? He was just doing his bit to add some color to an otherwise bleak landscape. :)

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Flashing is a lot better than stabbing so I hope the little lady got a laugh and thanked her lucky stars that he didn't have a knife.

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Reminds me of the other day when I saw a guy walking around near the local station, with his pants undone and his equipment in hand, and a big smile on his face.

That was me. I wasn't smiling, I caught my equipment in my zipper and nobody would he me (lol).

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pointofview, no a microscope would have probably needed for this guy

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Well what he did was wrong,,,,,but, have you ever sat infront of some ladies in the train and was able to inspect their tonsils from below their waists? Have you ever walked up stairs behind school girls and had to turn your eyes away, because you don't need an impromptu anatomy lesson?? Well I have

I never realized this country had problems with nakedness. I am enlightened now.

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Er... flashing is not a purely Japanese custom.

What makes this article Japanese is that the authorities actually apprehended the guy. Modernization at work! Well done everyone! :8)

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Awesome! This guy is hilarious. Hopefully, he gets a square meal and a roof over his head for the night.

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I'm sure that first comes flashing which is the precurser to more serious crimes like busking without a permit and the really evil crimes like wearing white after Labour Day.

Frankly I think it would have been a real eye opener and a quick end to this guy's future shows if the lady had just burst out laughing pointing at it saying kawaii-soooo.

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delayed the train because everyone was laughing so hard at the size of his weenie

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30 minutes delay? did they need to investigate the crime scene

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Jobless, homeless, penniless and bottomless.

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Two or three decent meals, a day, warm bath and a roof over his head. he has it made now

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He just wanted to be like his favorite SMAP member.

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Luckily(un) he has no job. JR usually charges the families of suicide victims for delays, so he will be in for a big bill for the delays, and a suspended sentence.

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Didn't the girl have an unbrella with her? He is unemployed and his admission is perfect for prosecution. He said to cops: “I got on the train with the intention of flashing someone.” Please take him to shrink to adjust his marbles.

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I remember last year I was on the J.R Hanwa line on my way to Tennoji with a friend and some drunken guy sat next to us. Then he pulled his little todger out and started (well tried) to beat one off. Then he started asking us if he was in Umeda! We just got up and left the train. It was a funny and confusing experience at the same time really.

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and this is the latest news flash...

Did he wink at her with his big brown eye, or show her his bald headed mouse?

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why was it delayed for half an hour?? seems a bit daft to me. kick is date off, let the train run as normal and arrest him on the platform perhaps????

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Let's hope this macadamia get's the therapy he needs behind some large steel doors far away from the public.

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What an idiot

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Flasher delays train for over 7,000 commuters in Saga

At just over 30 minutes, this must be the shortest saga ever.

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sausages anyone?

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What a laugh! Love it!

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The old one-eyed trouser snake flashing syndrome. Quite a saga.

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Why can't there be any female flashers? It's always men.....damn that sucks!

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Spaceworld Station! Sounds like a cool place.

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I suppose if you are unemployed and homeless that's one way of getting free care. But yeah, why are men the only flashers? Do you not hear of female flashers because the guys don't complain? Or do women not flash? And why do men flash in the first place? Seems really warped. Worse than an old flabby guy in a speedo swimsuit, I imagine.

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Another an hero

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probably got bored, still...

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GW, one was a publicity stunt, the other was a public stump.

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The best part about this article? If you want to see all comments, you have to press, "See all."

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Oops, "Show All."

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I just hope I'm around the one time it's a woman who does the flashing.

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Flashing? I thought the term was "sharking".

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Haha I can't believe the train was delayed over a flasher!! If I had ten yen for every time I've seen some strange old man with his bits out I'd have at least two hundred yen! There is always old men pissing in the streets downtown, and other things.... ick!!

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To note that the title of this article is misleading is an understatement. The train was obviously delayed before it ever got to Saga prefecture. Kitakyushu is in the northeast of Fukuoka prefecture, and Saga is to the west of Fukuoka towards Nagasaki. Furthermore, Ogura is a misreading of the Sinitic writing. Everyone knows Ogura is in Yahata which is past Space World, and it should be Okura which is in Kokura. Space World is a spacious theme park on the theme of outer space, and has the reputation of being a popular place to bring a date (that you want to let you in her space?) . . .

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Actually, as there isn't a station in Ogura or Okura, it appears to be a train coming from Kokura -- the same characters are read in ogura ann (a flavour of red bean paste used in sweets). Kokura is better known in the English-speaking world as being the original target for the atomic bomb that hit Nagasaki, passed over due to the weather . . .

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