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Man arrested after elbowing commuter on Tokyo subway

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Police in Tokyo have arrested a 39-year-old man on suspicion of assaulting a man in his 30s who was sitting next to him in a subway car.

The incident occurred at around 9:50 p.m. on Thursday, Kyodo News reported. According to police and witness reports, Yoichi Kaneki, an engineer at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, elbowed the man sitting beside him several times in the face and upper body while they were on the Tokyo Metro Namboku Line between Shirokane Takanawa and Meguro stations.

The two men got off the train at Meguro Station and continued to argue on the platform. A station employee called police.

Police said Kaneki was drunk at the time and that he has admitted to the allegation. The victim was not seriously injured.

Police said the trouble apparently started when the victim squeezed himself into the seat space beside Kaneki, with their shoulders touching.

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drunk at the time

Another day, another run of this pathetic excuse.

Tokyo commuters can get very feisty sometimes.

Yep, miserable sods.

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Elbowing it's common in crowded train in Japan, you'll get elbowed from behind without can tell who did that. It's kind of sport among Japan commuters.

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"...on suspicion of assaulting a man in his 30s who was sitting next to him in a subway car."

How dare that anyone should sit next to his Highness! His bag had been deliberately placed in that seat (overhead baggage shelf was empty, of course)...

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Surprisingly he admitted to the allegation as usually they use the "I was drunk and don't remember " card.

@3RENSHO you are so right, hardly anyone used the overhead shelf they almost always sit their stuffed bags on their laps with arms folded over/across while sitting...I've been HARRUMPHED on many an occasion for attempting to squeze my thin frame beside someone who thinks its their right to stretch their elbows and ass out into the free seat next to them. I find a few coughs or fake sneezes usually does the trick to free up the space you are entitled to

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Tons of incidents on the Tokyo trains/subways, few are reported

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When are the Japanese going to introduce individual or scooped out seating like other countries have? Bench seat has got to go.

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If this is the sort of thing that draws national-news coverage in Japan, then you know Japan must be a very safe country on the whole.

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JeffLee Today  06:44 pm JST

When are the Japanese going to introduce individual or scooped out seating like other countries have? Bench seat has got to go.

Not necessary, because 99.99999% of commuters ride on them every day without incident.

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It's democracy manifest.

I see he knows his judo well.

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If this is the sort of thing that draws national-news coverage in Japan, then you know Japan must be a very safe country on the whole.

He he, you're funny.

He's also right in this case.

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Japanese are very aggressive on the trains and with everyone playing their Tetris lol they elbow in and take up so much space. Japanese used to have manners. Smart phones have changed the culture.

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Not necessary, because 99.99999% of commuters ride on them every day without incident.

Seems like someone pulling numbers out of their ass!

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@anonymouse

Tokyo commuters can get very feisty sometimes.

Not long after I arrived in Japan I saw the unusual spectacle of two salarymen having a tussle by each pulling the other's necktie. God knows that the fight was about but it was a very busy Yokohama station at the time.

Another time a woman got on an Odakyu Line train, saying, 'oh, it's so hot, so hot ...' fanning herself. Another woman said angrily, 'We're all hot you know!'. They started fighting right there on the train and had to be pulled apart.

Ah, the joys of taking Tokyo transport.

How you got downvoted almost 30 times is unbelievable! You just stated the actual truth but still Japan fanboys who can’t hear anything negative about japan came out downvoting you! They need to grow up and realize that Japan has so many negative points as well as so many positives!

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An elbowing on Tokyo subway in national headlines..

Again and again another evidence that Japan is one of the safest countries to live in the world..

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anonymouseMar. 16  04:56 pm JST

Tokyo commuters can get very feisty sometimes.

Not long after I arrived in Japan I saw the unusual spectacle of two salarymen having a tussle by each pulling the other's necktie."

Stay safe, always wear a bowtie

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