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Man arrested for assaulting taxi driver after refusing to pay fare

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Police in Akiruno, Tokyo, have arrested a 40-year-old man on suspicion of assaulting a taxi driver after he refused to pay the fare.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 5:30 a.m. on Sept 13, Sankei Shimbun reported. Shigehiro Sakamaki, a newspaper deliveryman, is accused of refusing to pay the 4,200-yen fare from Hachioji Station and then punching the 59-year-old driver in the face and stomach several times before running away.

The driver suffered a broken rib, police said.

Police said Sakamaki, who was arrested on Wednesday, has denied the charge and quoted him as saying he was drunk and has no recollection of the incident.

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denied the charge and quoted him as saying he was drunk and has no recollection of the incident.

Classic.

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That is a bad day when you are stiffed and punched in the face.

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Police said Sakamaki, who was arrested on Wednesday, has denied the charge and quoted him as saying he was drunk and has no recollection of the incident.

Ah, another totally unique excuse! Wish I got 100 Yen for every I see this.

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Am sure the video says different.

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As if taxi drivers aren't having it rough enough already during this whole pandemic. The driver is gonna be spending weeks trying to recover with no income. Police can grill that drunkard for all i care

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What happens if someone says no recollection about the event. It is often used in Japan. So the attacker will not be punished or just a light punishment?

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Does having no recollection of the incident provide some kind of passport to freedom? It would be an interesting article if this newspaper collated conviction statistics with those arrested making that statement.

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You have no choice in Tokyo after 12 am, but rude in a taxi, while subway service in halted, in Houston, you can ride the rail and bus for 3 dollars all day

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Does having no recollection of the incident provide some kind of passport to freedom?

No. Being drunk does not excuse one from guilt in Japan, or lessen the sentence. Many foreigners on this site keep claiming that this statement somehow excuses them from punishment, but that's not true at all. For example, here is one claiming it excuses them:

Ah, another totally unique excuse!

I also wonder, how they think suspects should answer the police when they are blackout drunk, and the police ask them about something they don't know. Should the suspects lie and just make something up?

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Being so drunk he can't remember should be part of the offense, not the defense.

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I agree with Disillusioned. Being drunk and can’t remember should be part of the offense. If you know that you loose control or can’t remember a thing while drunk, you must not drink in public, and if you ever to be allowed to drink, a guardian should be assigned to control your behavior or you should even be warring a sign post so that normal people can avoid taking risk while being with you. The funny thing is that He still remember could still remember to target a person who is weaker than him

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Being so drunk he can't remember should be part of the offense, not the defense.

It's neither.

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They need to start the show "Taxicab Confessions" here.

Only they'll call it "Taxicab Drunks Who Can't Remember."

It would be the highest rated comedy in Japan in decades.

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Police said Sakamaki, who was arrested on Wednesday, has denied the charge and quoted him as saying he was drunk and has no recollection of the incident.

A likely excuse that hopefully won't fly in court. Poor cab driver. Hope he recovers well and doesn't encounter horrible customers like this drunken fool.

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A likely excuse that hopefully won't fly in court.

It's not an excuse, and doesn't "fly" in the Japanese legal system.

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Makeyourlifeeasy2015Dec. 3  09:02 am JST

I agree with Disillusioned. Being drunk and can’t remember should be part of the offense. If you know that you loose control or can’t remember a thing while drunk, you must not drink in public, and if you ever to be allowed to drink, a guardian should be assigned to control your behavior or you should even be warring a sign post so that normal people can avoid taking risk while being with you. The funny thing is that He still remember could still remember to target a person who is weaker than him

And that should lead to a second charge of 'drunk and disorderly' as well as assault + battery.

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