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Man arrested after drunken fight with friend in Niigata bar

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Police in Niigata city have arrested a man for assaulting his friend after they got into a fight in a bar on Friday morning.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 1:30 a.m. at the bar in Chuo Ward, local media reported. Police said the two men had been drinking for several hours when they started arguing and grabbing each other. One man punched his friend several times in the face, knocking him down.

The bar manager called police. The victim, who was also drunk, was taken to hospital. The other man was arrested at the bar. Police said he was so drunk he could not give them his name or address.

The victim told police he and the suspect had been drinking companions for several years but that he couldn’t remember what started the fight.

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That an article like this even makes the news shows how great it is to live in Japan. While everything may not be perfect here, a little spat between two tipsy mates wouldn’t even make the local news in a tiny town in most countries. They are just regular events.

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That an article like this even makes the news shows how great it is to live in Japan. While everything may not be perfect here, a little spat between two tipsy mates wouldn’t even make the local news in a tiny town in most countries. They are just regular events.

Absolutely. When I tell my buddies and families back home about stories like this they start to laugh and can’t believe a physical altercation makes news headlines, but given the fact that these incidents don’t happen too often thankfully goes to show how safe this country is. You just never have to look over your shoulder or even worry that you will get jumped, have something stolen or seeing something violent happen on the streets of Japan. It’s one of the best countries attributes.

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They should both be charged.

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Alchol is a poisonous potion that destroys lives and family and everything around you. And can potential kill alcoholics if you quit drinking cold turkey. Best to stay away from it.

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What are friends for, eh?

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You just never have to look over your shoulder or even worry that you will get jumped, have something stolen or seeing something violent happen on the streets of Japan. It’s one of the best countries attributes.

Indeed. However I do worry about elderly people with a sense of entitlement carrying concealed weapons. You never know when they might snap and go Charles Bronson because you dare to politely oppose them.

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Indeed. However I do worry about elderly people with a sense of entitlement carrying concealed weapons. You never know when they might snap and go Charles Bronson because you dare to politely oppose them.

Good point. That demographic is also one that frequently encounters bears.

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Wonder why this one makes the news? Seen brawls round here with police involved a few times but never made national media. It’s strange isn’t it?

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Lock them both up.

No one will miss either.

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a little spat between two tipsy mates wouldn’t even make the local news in a tiny town in most countries.

"A little spat"? Nope. Maybe in the US - not Japan.

The great thing about Japan is that incidents like this - a violent disorder in public - are dealt with harshly. They are not seen as "a little spat". At least one of these men deserves jail time.

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bass4funk

That an article like this even makes the news shows how great it is to live in Japan. While everything may not be perfect here, a little spat between two tipsy mates wouldn’t even make the local news in a tiny town in most countries. They are just regular events.

> Absolutely. When I tell my buddies and families back home about stories like this they start to laugh and can’t believe a physical altercation makes news headlines, but given the fact that these incidents don’t happen too often thankfully goes to show how safe this country is. You just never have to look over your shoulder or even worry that you will get jumped, have something stolen or seeing something violent happen on the streets of Japan. It’s one of the best countries attributes.

I guess that is why you live here mostly. Imagine the hell if Japan had a 2nd Amendment and a free flow of weapons.

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must be boring to work in a Japanese news outlet. Kinda like being a cop in Japan I guess, got to go out and look for trouble, no matter how trivial and make it into an international newsworthy incident. Back in the good ol' days the cops would have walked these guys home and been on their marry ways! Now they feel the need to arrest people for looking at someone the wrong way!

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I guess that is why you live here mostly. Imagine the hell if Japan had a 2nd Amendment and a free flow of weapons.

I don't live here mostly, I divide my time between here and the States equally, so yes, I get to enjoy my Second Amendment rights in the States.

You are assuming that this was the only violent crime committed

No, I didn't assume anything, I am just saying it doesn't happen as often as in the States or Europe, that is what I was implying.

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William_BlakeOct. 21 06:03 pm JST

The Myth of Japan’s Bored Police

Wanna bet there were at least a half dozen cops, probably more who descended on the scene for this fisticuff?

I had to pick up my wife at the station last weekend and when I arrived there were 3 marked police cars, 2 unmarked and one who I had to pull over for as he rushed to the scene. I parked my car and went to check out WTF was going on and there were more than a dozen uniformed and plain clothes cops surrounding a single guy who was drunk and not being cooperative, I cannot confirm if a weapon was in his possession before I arrived but his hands were empty when I got there! I stuck around a while, cops keeping an eye on me all the while, and finally the cops started leaving one by one with just 2 remaining when I was forced to leave due to my wife's insistence and her boredom.

Maybe I missed it and there was potential for an Akihabara like moment but in my non professional view it was a bit overkill and to my point.

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Of course there is way less fights than any country in the west but It's not like it never happens, daily thing in shinsaibashi/namba, I guess they just pick one randomly to use as a filler article. For example they also do the occasional adult caught with 17 year old article, but there is like thousands of those cases.

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What is 'it' and based on what does 'it' not happen as much in Japan?! Based on how often you see a news report about 'it' in JT?!

"It" meaning: physical altercations.

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