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Man arrested after pushing two commuters off station platform in Kawasaki

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Police in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, have arrested a 32-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder after he pushed two men off a platform at a train station.

The two men, one in his 40s and the other in his 50s, were able to get back up onto the platform before a train arrived but suffered injuries and were taken to hospital, NHK reported.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 7:50 a.m. at JR Noborito Station on the JR Nambu line.

After pushing the two men off the platform, the suspect, Takashi Akutsu, was subdued by other commuters until police arrived.

TV Asahi reported that some witnesses said there appeared to be an argument between the suspect and the two men just before the incident.

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suspect, Takashi Akutsu, was subdued by other commuters until police arrived.

Who knows why the suspect went off; 7:50 a.m., perhaps still drunk? Nice to read some bystanders were willing to get involved and subdued the man, he might have had more pushing in mind.

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Who knows? Maybe he was projecting his frustration against his immediate superiors?

Doesn't matter.

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Dang! That’s just savage!

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7:50 a.m., perhaps still drunk

Maybe stress at work but prefer to put that to other passenger? That's happened during work days.

Noborito station is connecting line to Odakyu that head to Shinjuku, so it's one of main commuter point. Can be really crowded during morning time.

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This is my worst nightmare actually. Always stand so that you are just about perpendicular to the platform so you are almost facing the oncoming train. Even then stand well behind that yellow line. And be super aware of your surroundings at all times.

Make it harder for that inevitable nutcase to push you.

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Make it harder for that inevitable nutcase to push you.

I caught the trains in Japan most days for over 20 years. It's not inevitable.

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This is quite literally my worst nightmare. I hate overcrowded platforms, and I am always nervous that someone near me will snap and try to push me off.

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Some commuter stations have new two-tiered sliding entrance doors that making it very difficult to intentionally or accidentally fall onto the tracks. Can't be cheap, but good for public safety and peace of mind. Do they not use that system in Japan?

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1glenn

Some commuter stations have new two-tiered sliding entrance doors that making it very difficult to intentionally or accidentally fall onto the tracks. Can't be cheap, but good for public safety and peace of mind. Do they not use that system in Japan?

They do, but not on all stations.

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