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Man arrested for assaulting schoolgirl on escalator at Yokohama Station

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Police said Saturday they have arrested a man for pushing a schoolgirl on an escalator in Yokohama Station on Friday. The man, who has been identified as Hirokazu Okada, 32, from Yokohama, was arrested over an incident that occurred on June 28.

The incident occurred at around 6:15 p.m. at Yokohama Station. The 13-year-old schoolgirl was pushed from behind while descending on an escalator. According to police, Okada was seen pushing the girl on security cameras.

Meanwhile, Sankei Shimbun reports that Okada is also under investigation by police for a second incident that occurred about five minutes later outside the station in which the same schoolgirl sustained minor injuries when she was hit by a bicycle. Okada was quoted by police as saying, "When I'm in a bad mood, I feel like taking it out on young girls."

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wow - what a MANLY thing to do. :(

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It seems women in Japan, especially young girls, need eyes in the back of their heads. I hope the girl wasn't injured. This is a despicable thing to do.

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Oh...wish I could show him what I would do in a bad mood.

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real tough guy, huh?

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That guy needs to become somebodies woman in Jail. So he can see what it feels like to be harassed.

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words fail me. Glad this guy has been named & (hopefully) shamed.

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Pathetic.

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This guy is brave indeed, taking on a girl nearing the peak of her physical power, ha ha!

Another looney. Can't blame this on the summer heat though, it was pretty cool Friday.

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Something tells me this guy wasn't very popular with girls when he was in middle school.

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HIS comment seems ever more familiar these days here in Japan for some crazy reason or other. Maybe it's the heat or the mood of the country since the disaster.

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Sorry, Jack, but I don't think this sort of crime is new. He obviously grew up in an environment where women were considered less than human. What is new is the guy actually getting arrested for his crime. Just like gropers on trains, men in Japan have been abusing women for years and freely getting away with it. Hope the prosecutors and judges make an example of this scum and send a message to the "men" of Japan that violence against women is a crime that won't be tolerated.

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This SOB is not a man. He is just a coward.

Man protects woman and children who are weak and vulnerable.

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“When I’m in a bad mood, I feel like taking it out on young girls.” WHAT!? Gotta be the heat.

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So was the man waiting for the girl outside the station after the first incident?

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The event occurred June 28, and they arrest him nearly a month later. Those J-cops are on top of things.

Incidentally, 6:15 PM is pretty crowded. I'm surprised the doubtless countless bystanders/witnesses just stood around and let some idiot push a 13 old down an escalator without doing much. Obviously nobody held the guy and called the cops, or else they wouldn't have arrested him a month after the fact.

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I would hope his sentencing will include some counseling and rehabilitation, but I doubt it. It reminds me of a line from the Adams Family movie: They were going to a fancy dress party and Wednesday had not dressed in a costume. When asked why she wasn't wearing a costume she replied, "I'm going as a homicidal maniac! They look just like everybody else"

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I can`t comment in why he pushed the girl. But sometimes Junior High kids are very rude

on the train.

on the sidewalk

and everywhere

Sometimes when I walk on the sidewalk. JHS kids ride a bicycle in large groups in a straightline. Sometimes I have to jump outon the street.

Sometimes I get taunted when a group of JHS / SHS boys are walking to me. I'm very big and have a athletic tone. I know they are intimated. They talk alot of Sh!t

teenagers are not the little angelswe think they are.

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Just like gropers on trains, men in Japan have been abusing women for years

Godan,

I noticed you use the word "Japan" in your sentence. Do you somehow think this behavior is typically or uniquely "Japanese?"

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I'm surprised the doubtless countless bystanders/witnesses just stood around and let some idiot push a 13 old down an escalator without doing much

Sadly Im not surprised at all. Heads down and move along seems to be the order of the day here. I have just come back from a splash pool where around this time last year a crazy woman just marched up to me and starting yelling and screaming for absolutely no reason. Not only did nobody come to my aid - my own MOTHER IN LAW AND SISTER IN LAW just walked away like they had never seen me before in their lives and left me to deal with it! I beckoned to them for help from a distance and they looked right through me blankly!

So no - not surprised at all.

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Sometimes I get taunted when a group of JHS / SHS boys are walking to me. I'm very big and have a athletic tone. I know they are intimated. They talk alot of Sh!t

Can't say I have ever heard of anyone (certainly not a foreigner, anyway) having a situation like this...

Whenever I am walking down the street, I always make sure I am to one side and they make space. There has never been any audible taunting (but then, I am a 6'4 94kg Turkish guy... they probably think I am a terrorist haha!)

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“When I’m in a bad mood, I feel like taking it out on young girls.”

Young girls is quite the oxymoron. She was 13, not 3.

Anyway, the sentiment is not has odd as some people want to believe. There is a reason a fair chunk of porn is S&M or features some form of domination. I hope the young WOMAN will be okay, I hope the guy serves his time, and I hope the guy finds a wlling S&M partner because he needs one and they are out there.

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Back on topic please. S&M is not relevant to this discussion.

Chewitup, 13 is not a woman, but a young girl. A 3 year old is a toddler, barely more than a baby. Even the sicko who pushed her recognised this.

At 13, neither body nor mind has fully developed. I truely hope you are trolling not actually for real.

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I see no suggestion of S&M or porn. Just a sad excuse of a man who bullied a young girl because he was in a bad mood and at 13 he could expect her not to retaliate against a full-grown man. Anger management he may need, no reason to suggest he needs a 'willing S&M partner'. 13 is a young girl, and not everything is about sex except in your own mind.

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It's the usual pathetic discussion here, with people leaping to make assumptions, judge and condemn. He pushed her "on an escalator" not down it. Pushed her. Perhaps she was standing right in the middle with her bag blocking the way, blabbing on her keitai. You all don't know what happened, or why exactly, end of story. There's certainly no shortage of inconsiderate, even rude school kids around.

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Chewitup, 13 is not a woman, but a young girl.

I don't know what you got against straight up logical commentary. The term young girl is as redundant as saying bluish blue or dark black. But hey, you can ignore logic and rationality all you want. Sure has not stopped you before.

And you are telling me my opinion is wrong? Just who do you think you are? Seriously. If you want to maintain that 13 is a child, that is your perogative. You can even use the forcefully biased and silly oxymoron of young girl if you really want to. But I think 13 is a young adult, ie young woman, and as that is part of the millenia old Jewish tradition of the Bat Mitzvah, I am not alone. Also, for some people, puberty actually has significance and we are not desperately trying to pretend it actually didn't happen.

I see no suggestion of S&M or porn

Yes, you do. Its in my post. I did not say everything was about sex. I made a suggestion for the sake of this man's anger mangagement. The man is not available for me to do a psychoanalysis, but what I suggest might well work wonders. Or, something else might be in order. Nowhere did I suggest mine was the only possible answer, but I sure hope you are not trying to suggest my solution is not viable and the problem I suggest is uncommon.

Just a sad excuse of a man who bullied a young girl because he was in a bad mood and at 13 he could expect her not to retaliate against a full-grown man.

I think you see precisely what you want to see. I allow for both your view and mine, but I felt mine needed to be said because it is precisely the one some people work overtime to pretend has no creedence.

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Poor girl, I hope she is ok. I bet this idiot still lives with his mom and probably jacks off to manga. If that guy would have pushed me I would have turned around and pushed him back and then take a swing at him for being such a douche bag. I hate men like this..they are such passive-aggressive pussies. I bet he wouldnt pull this shit on a man. I really hope he gets a big beating one day..I really do. I had a man yell at me for no reason and while I was backing up...didnt do anything wrong. I got out of my car and yelled back at him and the pussy drove away. In Japan there seems to be alot of men with this problem. Its funny though when you come back at them they run away..very strange things have happened to me in this country (Japan)

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Why people being so violent nowadays? Whatever happened to just filming panchira over escalators, and everybody walks away. What happened to those days...............

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I don't know what you got against straight up logical commentary. The term young girl is as redundant as saying bluish blue or dark black. But hey, you can ignore logic and rationality all you want.

Now go back and re-read what you originally posted. You called "young girl" an oxymoron. It's not. It's not even redundant (like you tried to substitute with in your second post.) There are young girls, girls, and older girls. Logic? Rationality? They have nothing to do with you misusing a term like "oxymoron". Look it up in a dictionary before you try using it again.

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Chew it up, you are very confident in expousing beliefs in practices which are illegal in Japan and the rest of the civilized world, and morally abhorrent everywhere to all but others who share your belief system justified by false and selective logic.

This had nothing to do with sex. It was a young GIRL who was pushed by a man with anger issues. He went to hurt her because she represents the most vulnerable in society and he is a loser.

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He pushed her "on an escalator" not down it.

It says clearly, she was descending the escalator, he pushed her from behind. Unless she was facing backwards, he pushed her down the escalator. It isn't rocket science.

Perhaps she was standing right in the middle with her bag blocking the way, blabbing on her keitai

Maybe she was. We don't know. It doesn't matter. You don't go pushing people, even rude school kids (and there's no suggestion in the article that she was doing anything untoward) down escalators. You just don't.

part of the millenia old Jewish tradition

You know, in the main we've progressed from what people thought was OK two thousand years ago? Heck, we've progressed from what people thought was OK two hundred years ago - or would you suggest that pre-teens working in factories and coal mines for 16 hours a day is also OK because it's what used to happen? Kids nowadays have the time to be kids. That's a good thing. 13 is a kid.

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Oh...wish I could show him what I would do in a bad mood.

Why? Do you like to hit people too?

It just isnt the right way to go about things, friend. Perhaps some anger-management counseling would be a good idea? Seek help before you do something silly like our protagonist here.

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This guy is so daman retarded.

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chewitup: "Anyway, the sentiment is not has odd as some people want to believe. There is a reason a fair chunk of porn is S&M or features some form of domination."

Dude, this was just some wacko who pushed a girl on an escalator -- I see no relation to porn or S & M and I wonder why on earth you would automatically do so. The man is clearly detached from reality when he thinks that his irritability and consequent actions don't affect others or should have no negative consequences for him.

Now, he didn't kill anyone, so he can't get life in prison or anything like that, but I hope he gets at least a short stint in the klink and some serious therapy. With this kind of person, if he gets nothing, the situation will escalate from pushing little girls down escalators to murder.

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Tan Sharon: "This guy is so daman retarded"

Oh my...

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Thje following is all that has to be said about this:

Another nutter.

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“When I’m in a bad mood, I feel like taking it out on young girls.”

No dogs, not babies, not little boys. Not windows, not tires, not burning down houses. But abusing young females apparently around 13 years of age. That suggests things to me. Not you? Okay! Vive la difference!

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What age do you think a human being is able to consent to sexual contact, Chewitup? How young is too young in your mind?

Nothing sexual here- he didnt assault her sexually, just not man enough to pick a fight with someone who can do him damage.

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Back on topic please. There was no sexual assault in this case.

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I wonder if he would have done it if he had a job.He is unemployed, by the way.

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OK, its very obvious that this man has some deep, dark, mental issues that cannot be resolved by a doctor, or some short stint in jail! Jail will just fuel his anger and young girls and cause him to funnel all that anger into some major violent act, that results in some young girl being seriously or fatally injured. "When I’m in a bad mood, I feel like taking it out on young girls.”...???

That is a sure sign of a man with some SERIOUS problems!!! GET HIM OFF THE STREETS!!!

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So he has had issues with the same girl twice??? Creepy.

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just not man enough to pick a fight with someone who can do him damage.

Why are you so general when he was so completely specific? What you said could include the handicapped, old people, hospital patients and drunk bums sleeping on the street. Yet he chose one very specific group to target: young females. And he said it plain as day. Maybe if you stopped hating me for half a sec you could cop on to that most simple of points?

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This punk is nothing but a "school yard bully." Whether girl, young woman, or other, he needs a good asskicking from the law or preferably any adult out there. He probably started his routine of civil desobedience amongst the baggy pants dyed hair truants. It's simple ladies and gentlemen, respect others as you'll have them respect you. If the child was blocking his path, this is the easiest country to work that out, gomen, sumimasen, shitsureshimasu, etc. As backwards as things might seem at times, politeness still exists, for the most. This is not a case for Perry Mason or Sherlock Holmes! so back off!

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Weirdo.

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chewitup: "But abusing young females apparently around 13 years of age. That suggests things to me. Not you? Okay!"

Saying it suggests something to you merely means you are reading too much into it. Maybe the guy has a young daughter and she stresses him out. Maybe he has a sister who beat on him when they were kids. Maybe, just maybe, he preys on what he considers the weak. Doesn't mean others aren't weak -- just maybe what he considers.

Point is, we have no idea -- so you continuing to talk about connections with porn or what have you is plain silly. You're using this incident to voice your own views on society here, bottom line, same as if he 'liked to take it out on old ladies' someone might suggest their views on society and granny porn. The guy's just sick.

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OK The man is Crazy...But most Girls are very stupid...They think they looks like Japanese pone stars.

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Did I miss something? Did this schoolgirl just have a bad day? First, she gets pushed by some due on an escalator, then she got hit by a bycycle too?

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Miamum

Not only did nobody come to my aid - my own MOTHER IN LAW AND SISTER IN LAW just walked away like they had never seen me before in their lives and left me to deal with it! I beckoned to them for help from a distance and they looked right through me blankly!

Jeez, I was kinda slack jawed at this one!? Did they offer any kind of explanation later as to why they just ignored you? Coz the 'ol culture card doesn't seem to apply if the other woman was ranting at you. Unbelievable.

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i hope the girl is the local oyabun's daughter.

Maybe a market for a camera on the back linked to the smart phone?

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Smith, you made assumptions in your post same as me. This board is built on assumptions. Also I think you are letting others define the meaning of my posts for you. I suggest you reread my posts and judge for yourself. You are smarter than this. I never said anything remotely like miyazawa3 you know.

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The girl was having a bad day because the guy was following her. Somebody should have taken him down on the escalator, but this is Japan. The police won't know who started it unless there is video. The victim is likely to deny she was assaulted. She doesn't want to spend time talking to the cops anymore than the culprit does. The witnesses may or many not support your side of the story. They may say you started it. If the police have any doubt, they will arrest you and hold you for 20 some days. You will lose your job and thus your house and your family. Still, I wish he'd taken out his frustration on me...

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She works hard, gets ber black belt 1st dan, shows that she can use her voice rather than freeze and has the maturity to judge others, then she can go out alone. At her age she is too tiny to defend herself against a grown man, and too quiet to shout and make a fuss. She gets plenty of time out at school, safe and sound, and with friends in safe environment, she is coming along nicely. But 11 year old girls are 11 year old girls. I was out with her a few weeks back and a nasty old ojisan stroked her hair. I was there with her, just a little bit behind her, but she didnt shout or stamp on his foot, she just froze up. Had she shouted at him to go away, get off her, I would have been more confident she could handle things alone, as it was she was horrified, but didnt have the outright confidence to find her voice and shout. Throwing your daughter to the wolves to toughen her up is not something I would do, give her the skills to defend herself, within a safe environment, then she can go out there alone.

Im in half a mind to show her this thread, so she can see the dangers out there are very real indeed, and there are men who sexualise children her age, or attempt to harm them.

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Back on topic please.

Gwragged.

I hope she goes do a decent Dojo with a good Instructor that actually teaches her realistic self defence skills and not sports fighting. Like drop the Keiko-gi and train in everyday clothing, no protective gear, etc.

If she don't train like that she will freeze first time she gets hurt for real or in as situation that was not covered in the Dojo.

1st Dan doesn't mean much in most Dojo's just to show that she has mastered the basics.

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chewitup: "I suggest you reread my posts and judge for yourself."

I DID read your posts, a number of times in fact, out of incredulity. In your first post you suggested it was a cultural thing based on S&M porn and what not, and my response is that while said porn exists (not only here, BTW) this was the act of one sick man, not society. What assumptions did I make? You ask me to reread your posts, but how about you do the same for others. Here's my last one before this:

"Point is, we have no idea -- so you continuing to talk about connections with porn or what have you is plain silly."

There you go... no assumptions.

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This is the kind of point of view which can prove very dangerous to CHILDREN. They are not women, and men who think they are women at 13 can prove a danger to these female CHILDREN.

I would say the danger is a man who robs his daughter of social experience and attempts to replace that vacuum with a violent art. Where is that going to lead?

If this young woman who was pushed had responded with violence, she would have been arrested right along with the man in this country. Far better to develop the reflex to call for help, and that reflex won't develop for being escorted like a pampered princess until she is 18. You cannot learn self reliance through being carried about in a litter!

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Back on topic please.

Why don't you just delete posts like usual?

Moderator: Why don't you post something pertinent to the topic?

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No, if everyone did as I did there would be no 13 year old girls for freaks to prey on would there. If you disapprove, then Im on the right tracks.

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I DID read your posts, a number of times in fact, out of incredulity. In your first post you suggested it was a cultural thing based on S&M porn and what not

What?? I never mentioned culture or even Japan. So where do you get culture from? I never said it was based on that. I submitted it as proof that the desire to abuse females is not a rare one, and that others deal with it in a legal and productive manner. Then I suggested that this man can do the same. I really don't see what is so hard to understand or so outrageous about all that. I am just going off of what the man said with his own mouth.

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This Japanese maricon sounds like a real true PENDEJO! Thank god this girl is ok! I would like for this punk to even try to push my daughter, I would kick the *(&@(&**(@&(@!!! out of this guy!

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"teenagers are not the little angelswe think they are."

That doesn't justify pushing her down a flight of stairs. That anyone would think it does, even a little bit, needs professional help.

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That doesn't justify pushing her down a flight of stairs.

I don't know what post you are quoting, but I seriously doubt it was meant as a justification for that.

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“When I’m in a bad mood, I feel like taking it out on young girls.”

I work with a few JN males whom I would say could fit this guys profile. I bet that he is a salary-man, and has a reall tough OL that really grinds him at work. But, instead of talking to the OL at work, he is afraid to and takes it out on girls he sees. I guess he is also hen-pecked at home if he was married. I would at least have just a tiny bit of respect if he would at least go home and argue with the wife, but he is probably too scared to do that too.

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****Lots of bla bla bla, ok posters how would you react if this incident happens in front of ur eyes huh. Just walk away.

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Where will giving my child the skills to defend herself lead? To having a fighting chance of defending herself if she stumbles across a freak or pervert that does not mean her well. At her age, she needs supervision, to protect her. It doesnt mean she is kept in splendid isolation, just that she has parents who take the time to ensure her safety while she is a CHILD who is not strong enough to defend herself should the need arise.

Personal attacks on me are not on.

I cant wait to get on that plane away from Japan.

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