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Gang member arrested for stealing safe from izakaya

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Police in Tokyo have arrested a 23-year-old member of a yakuza gang on suspicion of stealing a safe from an izakaya (Japanese-style pub) in May.

According to police, Yoichi Kawasaki, who belongs to the Yamaguchi-gumi, entered the izakaya through an unlocked window after it had closed early due to coronavirus restrictions on hours of business, Fuji TV reported. The pub is on the second floor of a building in Ota Ward.

Police said Kawasaki carried the safe, which weighs 20 kilograms and contained about 200,000 yen in cash, and left through the window.

Police said Kawasaki was identified after an analysis of street surveillance camera footage. They said he has remained quiet and also suspect he may be responsible for other similar robberies in the area.

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re: Police said Kawasaki carried the safe, which weighs 20 kilograms and contained about 200,000 yen in cash, and left through the window.

Hmm interesting how one individual can be enticed to lift 20Kilograms when it takes me a team to move a piece of furniture because 20 kilograms is too heavy to lift and requires a team of 4 individuals and of course at a hefty price. Must be the 200,000 yen cash.

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Sounds more like a cash box than a safe. If one man can pick it up and take it out a window its not a safe at all.

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Hmm interesting how one individual can be enticed to lift 20Kilograms when it takes me a team to move a piece of furniture because 20 kilograms is too heavy to lift and requires a team of 4 individuals and of course at a hefty price

?? Economy class baggage allowance is 23kg. 20kg is nothing.

Was it one of those hotel minisafes, but not bolted to anything?

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Quote: They said he has remained quiet .....

Refusing to say anything? Standard Y procedure.

...and also suspect he may be responsible for other similar robberies in the area.

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When I was young and involved in mountain rescue, we carried about 30-50 Kg. Today even 5 is hard.

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@Mickelicious you're absolutely right. We all carry heavier luggage than 20kg I've done it myself, up and down long staircases too

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?? Economy class baggage allowance is 23kg. 20kg is nothing.

That may be nothing to you but too many in Japan 40 lbs is heavy, if lifting upwards and then carry it a distance. The baggage check-in you mention may seem like nothing but to the person lifting it to the conveyer belt I'm sure it is. This thief had no conveyer belt behind him either.

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LamillyToday  05:58 pm JST

@Mickelicious you're absolutely right. We all carry heavier luggage than 20kg I've done it myself, up and down long staircases too

Your hired.

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20 Kg isn't really that much, however getting through a window requires a bit of care and strength. The perception of heaviness can be relative to one's own body weight. When you do a chin-up, you're lifting your own weight for example.

@zichi - don't over do things, and don't think you can't lift something heavy. Take it bit by bit. Go to a 100 Yen store and get one of those stretcher bands - they're really great for building up strength gradually, and you can use several at a time to increase the load.

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Two hundred thousand yen is chump change to most yaks but he's young and times are hard now.

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carrying 20kg for 200,000 yen is not bad!?

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I guess the guy who took the safe clearly wanted to keep his pinky finger from the sounds of it.

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