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Man arrested after assaulting visitor to nextdoor apartment for being noisy

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Police in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, have arrested an unemployed 54-year-old man on suspicion of assaulting a 37-year-old woman who was visiting the the apartment next to his.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 4:55 p.m. Sunday, Sankei Shimbun reported. The woman was visiting a relative who lives in the apartment building. As she was leaving, the suspect accosted her at the entrance and said she and her relative had been talking too loudly. He then slapped her face. 

Police said the woman and the man did not know each other and that her injuries were not serious. They said the man had argued many times before with his neighbor about noise coming from the apartment.

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I don't know how long he was having issues with his neighbours but japanese apartments don't have isolation at all. Most are wood and thin walls.

When we build our house in Japan I wanted isolation for walls.

I will not forget those faces of the house building company.

It is possible but it costly.

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This society is slowly falling apart at the seams. Everyday some random violent crime or someone getting in public arguments and fights.

-14 ( +13 / -27 )

I’ve never met a people more sensitive to noise than japanese people. What’s with that hey

-17 ( +16 / -33 )

Move out IDIOT,

oh wait, unemployed? possibly drunk all day long, can't move out from the city apartment , it's cheap and too convenient.

-15 ( +11 / -26 )

How awful! 2 people talking indoors in the middle of the afternoon.

13 ( +21 / -8 )

Japanese housing half of it is made of cheap thin plywood. Also Japanese hate noise then go live in a dungeon

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According to police, the incident occurred at around 4:55 p.m. Sunday, Sankei Shimbun reported. The woman was visiting a relative who lives in the apartment building. As she was leaving, the suspect accosted her at the entrance and said she and her relative had been talking too loudly. He then slapped her face. 

If he had a job he wouldn't have had to deal with the noise as it was within most working hours

-3 ( +11 / -14 )

Old man

been like this for decades already nothing new.

This society is slowly falling apart at the seams. Everyday some random violent crime or someone getting in public arguments and fights

5 ( +11 / -6 )

Aly Rustom RIP people working at night or doing shifts

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

Japanese might are the noise, but they all accept the noise in the streets, the shopping malls, train stations, from the politicians trucks, television, etc.....

24 ( +27 / -3 )

Japanese hate noise but this is the nosiest country I know. My tiny local station has at least 6 machines the repeatedly speak, bleep or squeak. It also has a highly synthesised sound of a bird whistle that shrieks out from two different locations with such annoying regularity it sets the nerves on edge--and this is supposed to calm people and deter jumping off the tracks under a train. It actually makes me consider it.

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Aly Rustom RIP people working at night or doing shifts

then he would have been asleep and not heard the noise.

-7 ( +5 / -12 )

I sympathize with both sides. My advise is to invest in a pair of high quality headphones. It is infinitely preferable to fighting your neighbors. I have done so for the past 40 years.

8 ( +11 / -3 )

I guess he couldn’t watch THE HUB because of all the chit chat!

get a job!!!! Lawsons is hiring!

5 ( +8 / -3 )

Don't understand why most of you are defending the noisy neighbor. What happened to the ole japanese way of not inconveniencing your neighbor? Violence is wrong but everyone has their limits.

5 ( +15 / -10 )

and unemployed doesn't always mean the guy is a loser. I know a few guys in their 40s /50s who worked their butt off and now enjoying their life ..... yup .... "unemployed". So let's not always assume the worst in people.

16 ( +20 / -4 )

All the new houses I see being built have insulation and high grade plywood plus cladding on the outside and plaster board inside. We live in such a house.

There are too many old apartment blocks with "paper thin walls". Difficult places to live.

15 ( +17 / -2 )

Old men with no job, hobbies, friends, family or anything to do but sit in their apartments with the AC off, stewing over their own bitterness at life. 4:55pm on a Sunday... the sound of others laughing must hurt.

2 ( +11 / -9 )

Nah, he's an oversensitive baby. Neighbours should have the courtesy to not slap others. Hope this guy goes to jail for assault.

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OxycodinToday  07:56 am JST

Japanese housing half of it is made of cheap thin plywood.

No it isn't. You'll be telling us next that the other half is made from shoji paper.

-4 ( +7 / -11 )

Conversation at 5pm on a Sunday sounds like one of the most anodyne forms of noise in Japan.

If it means stopping the police or newspapers hassling or embarrassing their employers, I'll tell my kids to say they are "unemployed" too if they ever get into trouble.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Too much considering it's 5PM on a Sunday, but I gotta admit that some people can be very loud (especially with extreme stomping noises at night), and this is coming from someone who lives in a new ~concrete~ building.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

This is why I live in a house far in the countryside. No neighbours to complain when I'm playing my guitar or Rock Band 3 in my living room with the sound system on!

4 ( +7 / -3 )

Once again, the article vilifies a person because they are "unemployed". While certainly not excusing this guy for slapping another person, I'm fairly certain that his status as "unemployed" does not equate with "evil".

8 ( +10 / -2 )

Perhaps if building companies here didn't use shoddy building materials that allow you to hear your neighbor 3 blocks down cough, this would be less of an issue.

7 ( +10 / -3 )

Me when I lived in a LeoPalace apartment : watching the paint dry at 2:13pm on a Saturday

Police banging on the door : We've had numerous complaints of a rave party going on here! You're too loud!

3 ( +6 / -3 )

He snapped then slapped!

6 ( +7 / -1 )

Any "man" who raises his hand to a lady isn't one. He is a worm.

5 ( +8 / -3 )

"This society is slowly falling apart at the seams. Everyday some random violent crime or someone getting in public arguments and fights."

if you live around them, unlike on the bases, be careful. Near the base , we have base police quazi jurisdiction. I called the base police on a nutcrack pounding on my ceiling from above, and got that whole building noticed about it. Americans can be recommended to not rent there, spend money elsewhere.

1 ( +5 / -4 )

I experienced something very similar because of my little children, same kind of person,oldish, heavy smoker, drinker, always at home,once came banging onto our doors after several times on the interphone over a period of time. Finally we went to the police,all of us, they paid him a visit, never seen or heard of him again :) If you are experiencing rude, threatening old Japanese men, please do report them immediately to your local police station. I think the law states that neighbours cannot come to your door, let alone touching you or any of your kids. Do it before it gets out of hand, we also thought our rude neighbour must have been drinking often.

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enolagay:

I’ve never met a people more sensitive to noise than japanese people. What’s with that hey

If that were true, politicians would be pelted with eggs whenever they make those usual meaningless yoroshiku speeches through loudspeakers, and people would go nuts at the amount of noise in pachinko parlours and supermarkets, and the police would actually do something about those hot-rodders. I have NEVER been to a Japanese supermarket where there is no music or no cassette player blasting out messages about what's on promotion.

Apartment walls here are thin - you can hear everything. I've heard it all - karaoke at 3am, laughing, shouting, furniture moving, everything except loud sex, but I know people who have had to put up with that too. It's a miracle there aren't more people going mad at all the noise.

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WaddoToday  08:13 am JST

Japanese hate noise but this is the nosiest country I know. My tiny local station has at least 6 machines the repeatedly speak, bleep or squeak. It also has a highly synthesised sound of a bird whistle that shrieks out from two different locations with such annoying regularity it sets the nerves on edge--

Don't forget Uyoku fans blaring nationalist music and very unhealthy levels, political promotions from white vans driving around before elections and music and announcements blaring about of shops and very high volumes.

There is a group in Japan promoting more quiet who were inspired by trips overseas to Europe where it is much quieter.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Unemployed Man could also mean Retired Man, but in Japan the thought is you are suppose to work till you die. Does retirement mean you are no good, done or have become a useless soul?!!!

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Would not be surprised if the noise-making was intentional. Passive aggressiveness is an inherent part of this culture.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

1st World Country with 3rd World Country type of building and houses, made of paper and wood. Seriously you would thought a country like Japan has better building standards, but with zero insulation, zero isolation, zero sound proof buildings, those are by far the worst shoe boxes anyone can live in a developed country.

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1st World Country with 3rd World Country type of building and houses, made of paper and wood. Seriously you would thought a country like Japan has better building standards, but with zero insulation, zero isolation, zero sound proof buildings, those are by far the worst shoe boxes anyone can live in a developed country.

Maybe if you had rented a manshon instead of an apaato.

Your assertion is silly though. Manshon are sound proof, insulated, and very comfortable.

Just because you were too poor to live in anywhere decent doesn't mean that there aren't significant places that meet the standard you described.

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

He was out of line. Pure and simple. If I'd witnessed his slap of that woman's face, I'd have slapped his. There have been many stories here on JT about 'thin walls' and a lack of insulation between floors in apartment buildings. And too much consequent violence. Point those fingers at pathetic building codes and the government(s). That unemployed 50-something jerk is just that - a jerk. Bordering on psychopathic.

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People are defending the noisy neighbour? Would you stay quiet when bunch of teenagers party loudy next to you every day? Or when a salaryman is drunkard and volumes up his favourite disco tracks?

I just can't believe these days people are defending the victim, really it's tough to live in the modern society.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

In any high density apartment living these issues are bound to happen.

Those who can stand their thin walls then maybe look for one with thicker walls or get your own detached home.

Wherever in the world you stay good neighbours are treasure.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

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