Man arrested for assaulting two people at Akihabara Station in Tokyo


Police said Saturday they have arrested a 47-year-old man on suspicion of assault after he beat up a man and a woman on the platform at JR Akihabara Station in Tokyo in May.

According to police, Yasunobu Kawano, a temp worker from Tokyo’s Kita Ward, is accused of injuring a 23-year-old woman and her 60-year-old male colleague—both whom he has never met—after they exited the JR Keihin-Tohoku Line at Akihabara Station. Police said Kawano punched them in the face, breaking the woman’s teeth and fracturing the man’s jaw.

Footage from surveillance cameras showed the incident. Kawano was aboard the same train as his unsuspecting victims, and he was seen fleeing the scene after attacking them.

Police said Kawano has admitted to the charge and quoted him as saying, “On the train, I made eye contact with the two of them and they were laughing. I thought they were laughing at me, so I lost my temper and hit them.”

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And yet another violent incident, a random attack in public. Things are a changing.

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20 years jail minimum

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1st arrest this guy, 2nd give him the bill for the ladies dental work, and compensation, 3rd the assaulted man should go to hospital, get checked over, and again give that bill on to the attacker, and also some compensation, 4th then fine him heavily, and make it compulsory that he should attend an anger management class ( if there is such a thing in Japan) to calm this guy down, and possibly a 5 year suspended sentence.

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If you want to see just how ill-mannered the Japanese can be, this station is one of the best examples. All that so called politeness is forgotten when people use Akihabara station.

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My first thought when I hear about people getting their teeth knocked out is, “Who pays for the implants?”

One would think that would be the person pulling the fists, but that’s not normally the case is it?

In any case, I feel really sorry for both victims. I hope they can heal soon.

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I thought they were laughing at me, so I lost my temper and hit them.

Just another cowardly POS. He punched a 23 year old girl in the face breaking her teeth and then punch another guy in his 60's? Please tell me this will result in a few years in the pen for this pathetic bully. Do you notice that, whenever there is an assault in Japan, it's always against someone much weaker who will not fight back? Just pathetic cowards!

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Brian: Pay a fine, pay someone's medical bills, take an anger management class, and then get a free pass from jail? Why not just give a trophy, too? If that's all the fallout one deserves from brutally attacking someone on the street - regardless of whether they are laughing at you or not - you'll have a long line of people queing up to get at their past employers, co-workers, people on the street, etc.

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Japan’s Travis Bickel syndrome.

“you looking at me?”

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In the big cities best to never make eye contact with those out in public, never git involved, just walk on bye, and above all watch one's back. Ones survival is of paramount importance.

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"Footage from surveillance cameras showed the incident." ...that's good.

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Okay, seriously now, what is happening to Japan and Japanese people? Been here 37 years and have seen major negative change over the recent years. Let's bring back the kind and polite mannered Japan I once knew and loved. Or is it just that the internet allows us more information? Which do you think?

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Perhaps the "kind and polite mannered Japan you once knew" was simply what you are seeing now boiling under the surface. Foreigners put these unattainable standards on Japanese people as if they are from anothe world - that they are ALL so kind, polite, well mannered, etc. Sorry to burst the bubble of so many Japanophiles and weeaboos, but Japanese people are exactly the same as all the other people you find in every other country you go to - nice/not nice, cool/not cool, friendly/unfriendly, racist/not racist, normal/psychotic, etc.

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Foreigners put these unattainable standards on Japanese people as if they are from anothe world - that they are ALL so kind, polite, well mannered, etc.

I've never heard anyone say that every single Japanese person is like that. I've heard people speak that Japanese people are like that as a generalization. But I've yet to meet a single person who insisted that they are like that down to the last soul.

With whom exactly are you hanging out?

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How civilised....

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"Kawano has admitted to the charge" oh that's nice.

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