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Man arrested for assaulting taxi driver, stealing his vehicle

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Police in Tateyama City, Chiba Prefecture, have arrested a 25-year-old man on suspicion of assaulting a 73-year-old taxi driver and then stealing his vehicle.

According to police, the incident occurred early Wednesday morning, Kyodo News reported. Police said Ayato Funayama, a company employee, is suspected of beating the taxi driver, then dragging him out of the vehicle and driving away in it.

Police received a call at 7 a.m., reporting that a man was lying on the ground, with blood streaming from his face, in a parking lot in Tateyama.

The taxi driver was taken to hospital after having sustained facial injuries and broken ribs and remained in a critical condition on Thursday, police said.

The taxi was found abandoned on the street about three kilometers away, with the meter showing an unpaid fare of 40,000 yen.

Police said Funayama was identified after dash-cam footage from inside the taxi shows him assaulting the driver.

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Tateyama is a region famous for Nihon-shu (aka Japanese sake). Tragic and unfortunate acts of violence towards geriatrics by twenty-somethings who can't hold their liquor, unfortunate as they may be, are an indicator of the changing dynamics of such rural regions. While Funayama is reported to be a company employee, it does not indicate whether he is blue collar or white collar, only that he was collared for his heinous behavior towards a helpless old man. In addition to the 40,000 JPY unpaid fare, which is probably 40,000 JPY because the meter was running for so long before the police finally showed up, Funayama should face criminal charges and fines, and pay restitution to the elderly chauffeur for his medical bills and pain and suffering. Four million JPY seems like a fair number, does it not? It certainly does.

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Scumbag! Lock him up for a long time!

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That's pretty crazy, all that just because, I assume he didn't want to pay the bill?

That dashcam footage must be gruesome.

Hope they get that scum.

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The suspect, Funayama, has admitted to stealing the taxi; there's no suggestion in the article that he had been drinking. Meanwhile, the driver remains unconscious. Tateyama, Chiba, not to be confused with Tateyama, Toyama.

https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/a9229b55ddec37f96be26d18502c0bffae8b17c7?page=2

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At least the police don’t have a long investigation

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@Marc Lowe

Tateyama in Toyama prefecture is famous for sake - Tateyama in Chiba is a coastal town next to the sea known for its beaches.

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Police said Ayato Funayama, is a company employee, then why not name the company? I am sure they would like to know that they have a bully and a thug working for them. There have been loads like this before where it just says 'company employee'.....Name the companies, and do us all a big favour.

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"Arrested on suspicion of." Perhaps it wasn't him who did it. Framed? /s

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Arrested on suspicion of." Perhaps it wasn't him who did it. Framed? /s

The suspect has admitted to stealing the taxi. See the article linked above.

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"beating the taxi driver, then dragging him out of the vehicle and driving away in it."

Now that's an OG 1 man thug life move!

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I am sure they would like to know that they have a bully and a thug working for them.

Yes, they would, and employers are typically informed in such cases.

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A young man of strong moral rectitude, clearly… I’m sure his parents must be very proud of their efforts.

Thanks for your concern.

めざまし8 reports that the father of the accused has apologized profusely.

See the link above.

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Jail for that clown..

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Marc Lowe

While Funayama is reported to be a company employee, it does not indicate whether he is blue collar or white collar...

That's because it's irrelevant.

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