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Man arrested for climbing train station wall to ‘meet wife’ in Kobe


A 44-year-old unemployed man was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of forcible obstruction of business after he was seen walking along the tracks and climbing a wall on the Hanshin Main Line in Kobe.

Police said the driver of a limited express train passing through Ogi Station first noticed the man walking on the tracks, Fuji TV reported. Police said the man, Takeshi Sakamoto, walked around 1.1 kilometers to Fukae Station. He then climbed up the station’s in-bound line wall and sat there for approximately 90 minutes. Sakamoto was arrested at around 3:45 p.m. after yelling from the platform wall that he was waiting to meet his wife.

The Hanshin Main Line temporarily suspended services between Nishinomiya and Mikage stations. This prompted some trains to offload passengers onto the tracks via an emergency ladder and guide them to the nearest station on foot.

Although services finally resumed at 5:35 p.m. on Sunday, a total of 90 trains on the inbound and outbound lines were either suspended or delayed, affecting around 10,000 passengers.

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Kinda endearing....but could've shown his affections without causing delays.

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You can’t stop true love! His bride will be delighted!

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Plot twist: his wife doesn't exist.

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He loves his wife that much, that can be another crime in Japan.

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There are many wise voices from the past who point out that "love" is the Human's truest form of insanity. Give this poor gent some Risperdal or Haldol and let him go home...if he's 'in love', his insanity defense is ironclad.

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Crazy comes in many forms.

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Loves that woman like crazy. Literally.

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I wonder what his wife has to say?

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I cannot understand how he can be unemployed. He's gifted and has great talent.

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forcible obstruction of business

Police love this charge.

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Isn’t it a one million fine for delaying a train? That’s a lot of love.

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I wonder what his wife has to say?

I doubt she actually exists, but she would probably tell him to get a job instead of breaking into train stations!

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forcible obstruction of business

I wonder if they can charge him for obstructing police business, too?

It took them 90 minutes of their time to persuade him to come down, after all.

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Soon to be ex-imaginary wife after the obstruction of business bill arrives from Hanshin.

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Waiting for his wife for 90min sitting atop the track wall?? How is this endearing or showing any affection for his wife? Looks like his 'wife' stood him up. How about waiting in a cafe or inside the station.

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Was his wife one of those scantily-clad anime figurines?

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This prompted some trains to offload passengers onto the tracks via an emergency ladder and guide them to the nearest station on foot.

Overreaction? The guy was not suicidal, obviously, only stupid.

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To borrow from Calvin and Hobbes: His train of thought is still boarding at the station.

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As Zichi said, the vernacular press mentions that the drop on the other side of the wall was about 20 meters, that is quite scary. And the guy kept on screaming: ”妻に会わせろ", probably best translated as "Take me meet my wife", rather than "I wait to meet my wife". But no other details. A pic and details:


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Must have only been a recent marriage. I would climb the wall to get away from mine, not to meet her.

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How sad LongRider

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He should have climbed Mt. Fuji instead, get some props.

But I guess he rather do useless things and get busted for it instead.

Good life choices bruh.

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