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High school student arrested for threatening police officer with knife in koban

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Police in Higashi-Osaka have arrested an 18-year-old high school student on suspicion of violation of the Swords and Firearms Control Law and interfering with a police officer in the performance of his duty after he threatened an officer with a knife in a koban (police box).

According to police, the incident occurred at around 4:35 p.m. Saturday, Sankei Shimbun reported. Police said the youth came into the koban and told the 35-year-old officer on duty that he had found a wallet.

The officer was alone at the time and as he prepared to fill out a document for lost-and-found items, the youth suddenly pointed a knife with a 13-cm-long blade at him.

The police officer drew his gun and ordered the youth to put the knife on the desk, which he did. Neither the officer nor the boy was injured.

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Maybe a Brave Test to get a member of a Yakusa Group.

-12 ( +5 / -17 )

Weird. Kid needs a psych eval.

15 ( +17 / -2 )

‘Desperate times’ now for ‘desperate children’. Again, many possible factors to speculate on, all left unanswered by the article.

A government ‘website for children’s smartphones’ and/or national, free-dial ‘helplines’ would be beneficial for some young people that too stressed out and with no one to shamelessly reach out to.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Possibly wanting ‘Suicide by police’? Good work by the police officer and his conscientious ‘restraint’. He saved a this young boy’s life! Hopefully, the system will rehabilitate and create a future for him.

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"Neither the officer nor the boy was injured."

I hope this type of stability is ever present under cataclysmic conditions.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

Replace him by a student who still knows what a high school is for, but for any reason had no chance to attend one.

-6 ( +2 / -8 )

Bring a knife to a gun fight. But he regretted it the moment the policeman drew his weapon

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As we can see from the rise in suicides, Some young people are losing sight of a future for themselves. Hopefully, the koban are always occupied by 2 officers and set up to protect themselves, as well. Periodically, there are similar cases yet, in this one, we don’t have details of motive. “*Feb 13, Saitama, a 21-year-old unemployed manentered the koban, wanting to report a lost item,... suddenly took a knife...was restrained by another officer,... parents told that before the attack, he said he wanted to go to prison..., *father said son had been in bad shape mentally since quitting his job.”

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It would be very interesting to know the youth’s motives given most Japanese people are aware that police here carry firearms. The me would hope an 18 year old would understand that a firearm trumps a knife in almost all situations.

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@Hiro your right, if this was in the USA or some other countries the young lad would have been shot for sure, lucky the cop showed restraint..

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*@Brian Wheway and @ Hiro your right, if this was in the USA or some other countries the young lad would have been shot for sure, lucky the cop showed restraint..*** You are dead wrong, totally incorrect**, not all policemen shoot to kill. They are trained to react depending upon the situation. IF you can read correctly what was written in the article it says "The officer was alone at the time and as he prepared to fill out a document for lost-and-found items, the youth suddenly pointed a knife with a 13-cm-long blade at him. Yes the article says "THREATENING" but was it life threatening personally I think the title is incorrect. Pointed means nothing, it could simply mean he held it up and showed it to the cop. Maybe there is more to this story but what I am reading its not threatening and not all cops shoot to kill they try to deescalate situations before shooting

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