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Man arrested after assaulting father with sake bottle


Police in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, said Tuesday they have arrested a 28-year-old man on suspicion of assaulting his 50-year-old father by hitting him on the head with a sake bottle.

The incident occurred at around 11:15 p.m. on Monday, local media reported. Police said the man, a company employee, and his wife had been visiting his parents at their home and all four were drinking alcohol.

At some point, the man and his father got into an argument and the man hit his father on the head with a sake bottle with such force that it broke the bottle. The man’s father suffered a gash to his head.

The victim called police and his son was arrested on the spot. Police are questioning the family about what caused the dispute that led to the assault.

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That’s the most Japanese story I’ve read all day.

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A nihonshu bottle to the head would really hurt, I think!

I read this, and my brain goes to the many American Western movies I've watched where this "break-a-liquor-bottle-over-the-head" saloon fight happened - Usually to the unsuspecting "good cowboy hero", who then instantly pops up off the floor and proceeds to completely pummel the "bad guy" to near death.... Ah, Hollywood.

I hope the father wasn't seriously hurt.

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All kinds of violence in Hokkaido in this young new year.

What is going on with the water over there?

-10 ( +2 / -12 )

His father's skull bone is harder than the sake bottle?

His father must have a skull of steel!

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

All kinds of violence in Hokkaido in this young new year. What is going on with the water over there?

Really bad economy, shrinking wages, increased duties at the office, pressure to care for elderly parents and a government that is disconnected and shielded from these harsh realities. The average person can only take so much…

-11 ( +0 / -11 )

Went from sake to sock 'em. Too much sake for both of 'em! Happy black and blue year.

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Another drunk assaulting someone.

No reason to drink heavily and behave like an idiot.

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Every year at New Year's, these kinds of stories start popping out. Putting family members with somewhat strained relations into one house for a few days ends up in violence.

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That’s the most Japanese story I’ve read all day.

Yes, this is Japanese news coming through with one of its favourite topics, (domestic) violence involving a weaponised everyday object, inviting everyone to speculate on the worthiness of the object as a weapon.

Remove the reference to the sake bottle, and this is a non-story. Even though it definitely assault and possibly attempted murder. For a victim of an assault or attempted murder, the crime itself is far more important than whether an unusual weapon was used.

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

His father must have a skull of steel!

A lot depends on whether the bottle was a 300ml or 2 litre size.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

As a black belt in my own martial art of Marc-Do, I can accurately confirm a sake bottle is indeed a dangerous weapon. Martial artists and normal citizens alike should only use sake bottles as a last resort in self defence. Thankfully, the father survived, albeit with a new gash. This life lesson might help father and son become less misogynistic and bury the hatchet. They should also probably bury the sake bottles.

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Most probably the father won’t get him charged when he’s calmed down. That’s usually the case in these father son things unless it resulted in severe injury.

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

Happy New Year Dad, KaBONG !

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Missed adding the link, “KaBong”


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50 years is still full of spirit - 28-year-old son has to go live his own life and enjoy the good 50 years living life.

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This could have been avoided if they drank that cheap crap that comes in those big paper-milk-container-like things.

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The reason you shouldn't have discuss politics.

Just kidding, hope the family recovers.

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