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Japanese schoolgirl and karate teen subdue violent shoplifter

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By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

In a Japanese city, you’re never very far from a vending machine or convenience store. Those who are both thirsty and savvy, though, will skip them and instead head for a supermarket, where the prices of individual drinks are much cheaper.

However, even the prices at a supermarket in Yokohama’s Isogo Ward apparently weren’t low enough for one 19-year-old shopper. Well, maybe he shouldn’t be called a “shopper,” since instead of buying anything he decided to just steal a drink on the night of April 27. The shoplifter decided to add assault to his list of crimes by punching a 54-year-old security guard in the face after he spotted the theft and confronted the man about it.

Luckily, help was nearby, though not in the form of additional security staff. A 17-year-old high school girl who had been on her way home and heard the commotion came to the rescue, grabbing the violent shoplifter by the arm. When the shoplifter shook her off and tried to run away, the schoolgirl’s 18-year-old male companion gave chase. He quickly caught up to the shoplifter, put him in a headlock, and delivered a series of knee strikes to subdue him until the police arrived and placed the shoplifter under arrest.

The teens have been issued a letter of commendation from the Kanagawa Prefectural Police’s Isogo Precinct, and it turns out there’s a reason for the 18-year-old’s combat prowess. “I was able to put my experiences from nine years of studying karate to use,” he said with a smile, adding “I’m glad I was able to help with the arrest.”

Source: Yomiuri Shimbun via Golden Times

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Intention was good but wouldn't be a smart move if the guy had a knife. Life or death situation is a different matter but it's only a drink

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He quickly caught up to the shoplifter, put him in a headlock, and delivered a series of knee strikes to subdue him until the police arrived and placed the shoplifter under arrest.

I thought it was illegal in Japan for citizens to use violence even in self defence.

I bet if the "hero" had been a foreigner he'd get charged with assault.

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K1 History Lesson: 2009 K1 WGP

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07jciN7KDNc (5:12)

==Knee strikes are effective.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Great story! Those are the times to use martial arts’ skills!

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I bet if the "hero" had been a foreigner he'd get charged with assault.

@Burning Bush… Got to agree with you on this one!

Anyways, all this for a can of drink…imagine if the shoplifter has a concealed weapon!

5 ( +9 / -4 )

Obviously written with the foreign manga & anime fans in mind. All that’s need is some:

- “ドガバ and ドン ” sound effects and the stereotypical yet obligatory “Oh, sempai! Your awesome!” -

Admittedly, we’re all disappointed the schoolgirl didn’t deliver more of the “knee strikes” to the assailant.

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We need more of these Hero's.

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I bet if the "hero" had been a foreigner he'd get charged with assault.

For your hero standards do you mean a happy trigger "John Wayne" ??..

-8 ( +3 / -11 )

The shoplifter decided to add assault to his list of crimes by punching a 54-year-old security guard 

Wow! They have security guards in combinis in Yokohama? Tough neighborhood!

2 ( +4 / -2 )

the 18 year old boy used violence, so should he arrested. There are cameras everywhere so the police would of caught the shoplifter quickly.

-16 ( +1 / -17 )

I like the story as much as the next guy, but what is this style of writing? It sounds like a trailer for a tv series. Is this a translation from a gossip magazine?

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@goodlucktoyou

From what kind of legal standpoint can you make such a ridiculous statement. Are you an expert on Japanese criminal law???? I think not.

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Nice to see Julie and Daniel putting all those wax on wax off trainings to good use - Mr. Miyagi

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I remember hearing about a guy punching someone who was trying to steal his bicycle and getting arrested for assault. I suppose the difference is necessary-force it sounds like this guy was struggling and he had already punched a security guard.

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GoodlucktoyouToday  08:54 am JST

the 18 year old boy used violence, so should he arrested. There are cameras everywhere so the police would of caught the shoplifter quickly.

Nonsense. Also, using "would of" instead of "would have" doesn't help your credibility.

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Great work guys. We need more young people stepping up and taking charge and especially young women.

I’d always thought that it was illegal to use martial arts on the street in Japan, even in a self defence situation.

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@dan

I remember hearing about a guy punching someone who was trying to steal his bicycle and getting arrested for assault.

learning how effective a well placed accidental elbow can be comes in handy.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Great work, but if those two teens were gaijins, I'd hate to think what charges they'd be up against.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

Wow! They have security guards in combinis in Yokohama? Tough neighborhood!

Did you read past the first paragraph? It's literally written in the second paragraph that it wasn't a conbini.

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RoccoLToday  08:33 am JST

The shoplifter decided to add assault to his list of crimes by punching a 54-year-old security guard 

Wow! They have security guards in combinis in Yokohama? Tough neighborhood!

I wonder why you got two upvotes when what you wrote is completely wrong? It was a supermarket not a convenience store.

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I remember hearing about a guy punching someone who was trying to steal his bicycle and getting arrested for assault.

That's one of the worst parts of East Asian societies: a crook can steal from you, threaten you, harass you, push you around, but if you clock him in the face suddenly you're the bad guy.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Something completely different is wrong when already a 19-years old has to steal or has a feeling he had to steal a drink for wetting lips and mouth and not to die from thirst or dehydration. Now don’t tell me he could have drunken for free toilet water instead. Just only to remember everyone, there were times when they already with 19 all had education, tons of pocket money, first high salaries, inviting pals or girlfriends for expensive bar drinks and capable of paying them without even checking the receipt as well as the taxis afterwards. No need for anyone to become a thief, bring the times back when the society was a well functioning one!

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@Harry_Gatto

I wonder why you got two upvotes when what you wrote is completely wrong? It was a supermarket not a convenience store.

Because it was funny, but I stand corrected and appreciate your hawkish vigilance. Skim read the word “convenience store,” line 3. The Anchorman style of writing must have thrown me!

Still, I don’t think I’ve been to a supermarket with a security guard in central Tokyo. Must be mean streets down there.

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I thought it was illegal in Japan for citizens to use violence even in self defence.

That is only if you are a foreigner. I have read of Japanese women using judo throws on people, but no charges. However, I have witnessed a foreigner push away a person attempting to assault them, and they were arrested and demanded to pay money to the attacker, so the charges would be dropped.

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That is only if you are a foreigner. I have read of Japanese women using judo throws on people, but no charges. However, I have witnessed a foreigner push away a person attempting to assault them, and they were arrested and demanded to pay money to the attacker, so the charges would be dropped.

This is very true and sadly, if someone jumps on you and assaults you, just run the other way and soak up the pride and anger, not worth going to jail and you often will even in self-defense especially if you are a foreigner. At the same time if it's a fight of a foreigner against another foreigner the cops will either stay out of it or just break it up fix the dispute and send everyone home, but a foreigner on a Japanese, you're playing with fire as well as imprisonment or even deportation.

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Luckily, help was nearby, though not in the form of additional security staff. A 17-year-old high school girl who had been on her way home and heard the commotion came to the rescue, grabbing the violent shoplifter by the arm. When the shoplifter shook her off and tried to run away, the schoolgirl’s 18-year-old male companion gave chase.

Is there any video on that? I'm pretty sure this was Sakura and Ryu from Street Fighter.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

This is straight out of a new anime series.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Japan National Police Agency, no not tolerate have a go hero’s, in any form, for any reason.

The Uniform does the policing, the Courts uphold the law.

I once carried a mace aerosol self-defence spray in my hand bag, until my solicitor, out for a Friday night drink, clocked it in my hand bag, and through a wobbly.

She barked, straight to Jail, don’t pass go, don’t collect 200 quid, or words to that effect.

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Some posters say "well its only a can of drink", the problem with this attitude, people know they can get away with stealing things, so it encourages more people to commit more low level crime, like shop lifting, why should the shop owners have to put up with this? people or thief's have to realise that if they steal something your probably going to get nicked and have to pay a fine. As for the lad who tackeled the thief, well done! the attitude certainly in the UK he would have been charged with assault and probably had a law suit against him from the thief, so people here just dont want to get involved, they look away as they know they will be in more trouble than the perpatraiter, then it starts the whole down ward spiral then crooks, know they can get away with it so they do, and now the police are getting frustrated as no one will give any help, evidence, eye witness statments etc, so the crooks get off with there crime.

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The teens have been issued a letter of commendation from the Kanagawa Prefectural Police’s Isogo Precinct, and it turns out there’s a reason for the 18-year-old’s combat prowess. “I was able to put my experiences from nine years of studying karate to use,” he said with a smile, adding “I’m glad I was able to help with the arrest.”

Not something to be emulated. These young vigilantes might well have become accused of assault themselves (pretty much guaranteed if they were non-Japanese).

1 ( +1 / -0 )

violence solves everything

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Yes, if they were not Japanese, this would be a completely different story. And another thing; they were lucky they didn’t get hurt. My advice: don’t try to be a “hero”; if you wanna get home at the end of the day; play safe.

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He's lucky this happened in Japan, in some other parts of the world a hero becomes a ZERO! Its best to let the police do their job.

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@obladi

I like the story as much as the next guy, but what is this style of writing? It sounds like a trailer for a tv series. Is this a translation from a gossip magazine?

This writer and "SoraNews24" have been awful for many years now. I guess it's on purpose. I guess there's a paycheck in it? But, yeah, it stinks.

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Great work.

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This is straight out of a new anime series.

New? It's basically the first issue/episode of 'Yawara! The Fashionable Judo Girl' which came out in the '80s.

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Good job my boy.

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AGMay 4  07:22 am JST

Great story! Those are the times to use martial arts’ skills!

Karate can come in very handy at times.

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