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Man arrested for abusing 5-month-old son

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Police in Nakama, Fukuoka Prefecture, have arrested a 32-year-old man on suspicion of abusing his five-month-old son.

According to police, Naoyuki Wakamatsu slammed his son into the floor at his apartment at around 7:20 p.m. Sunday. Sankei Shimbun reported that Wakamatsu's wife called 110 after the incident.

The infant's mother was quoted by police as saying that she and her husband had quarrelled that evening and that he had taken his anger and frustration out on their son by hurling him to the floor. However, Wakamatsu has denied the charge, saying he has never abused his son.

Police said Tuesday the child had no external signs of injury.

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Good on the wife for reporting it. But remember, in Japan children are treated as property, and situations like this are treated as "family" not legal problems, so nothing will happen to him.

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if this is true, he is truly a scumbag; the wife should divorce him, and not allow him to see his son. However, we were not there to see what actually occurred, and Japanese wives can be viciously vindictive- claiming all sorts of things against their husbands because of a quarrell. Best to wait and see what happens here.

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It sounds like the wife is trying to frame her husband on a false claim of abuse, or am I misreading this?

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Dan Lewis, indeed. If the action was as severe as the wife claims, there would be at least a bruise on such a young baby.

But... We can easily judge the knee-jerk overreaction of the masses by the comments already posted. Article clearly states there was no sign of injury... Arrested on suspicion but not yet charged... But that doesn't matter. Let's slam him in to the floor as Northernlife suggests. Women never lie

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frustration out on their son by hurling him to the floor.

You SOB piece of nothing. You need to be thrown from the 10th floor of a building.

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Best thing to do to deal with your angry wife is leave the room or go hit a bucket of balls at the driving range.

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No external injuries? Something tells me the chick is trying to get the guy in trouble because of the argument. If he slammed the baby it would for sure have a bruise or a cut somewhere. I believe the guy.

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Wait a minute!!!Good catch Debucho! I think the wife made up the story to get the husband in trouble if their are no external injuries to the child not even a bruise from "slamming" the child to the floor then their is nothing! The wife should go to jail for making a failed report or dropped from the 10th floor.

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and Japanese wives can be viciously vindictive- claiming all sorts of things against their husbands because of a quarrell

why not just say "people can be viciously vindictive"? this is hardly a Japanese thing.

I do agree with you, though, that the wife might not be telling the truth, we don't know at this point. Hope the baby is doing okay.

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why not just say "people can be viciously vindictive"? this is hardly a Japanese thing.

You're right. I stand corrected.

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@Dan Lewis@Debucho

It sounds like the wife is trying to frame her husband on a false claim of abuse, or am I misreading this?

I don't think you're misreading necessarily , but it's still a bit of leap from: "Police said Tuesday the child had no external signs of injury" to "trying to frame her husband". Still, given the limited information in the article, there's no harm in hypothesizing I suppose.

It's certainly appears suspicious on the surface, who knows what happened, or didn't happen, at the very least the child seems unhurt and that's good news.

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@Argus Tuft I disagree. Babies have very white skin (assuming these people are Japanese) and even if you held them tightly it would leave a mark. If there were no external injuries on this baby there is no way the man could have slammed it. Or even shaken it Let alone a slap or kick or punch.

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Japan children are treated as property, and situations like this are treated as "family" not legal problems, so nothing will happen to him.

That is simply not true anymore. While Japanese authorities dont take away children at the drop of a hat as they do in the US and UK, they do take these things seriously.

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gogogoJUL. 20, 2016 - 09:03AM JST frustration out on their son by hurling him to the floor.

You SOB piece of nothing. You need to be thrown from the 10th floor of a building.

Oh great, let's all think and act in a reactionary way like he did to his son.

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@Debucho

@Argus Tuft I disagree. Babies have very white skin (assuming these people are Japanese) and even if you held them tightly it would leave a mark. If there were no external injuries on this baby there is no way the man could have slammed it. Or even shaken it Let alone a slap or kick or punch.

Sure, I understand what you're hypothesizing.

Just saying that based on the information in the article, we don't know what happened for sure yet (and I'm sure you aren't disagreeing with that).

All we know from the article is the location, date, time of the reported incident, a he said/she said account and that after examination, the infant appears to be fine and to have suffered no external injuries.

I have no problem whatsoever with anyone putting forward a hypothesis

My own would be that there is more to this incident than meets the eye., but , obviously I don't know that to be factual.

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That is simply not true anymore.

Too bad there will never be a followup story to prove I was correct, since it would be too embarrassing for the J police

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Guess you missed the part where it says he was arrested.

Arrested does not mean charged or punished

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