Japan Today
crime

Man arrested for hitting wife with banana peel denies it can be called domestic abuse

28 Comments

Police in Kurate, Fukuoka Prefecture, have arrested a 59-year-old man on suspicion of assaulting his 62-year-old wife by hitting her on the head with a banana peel.

Police said the man has admitted hitting his wife with the banana peel and quoted him as saying, “Can you really call that domestic violence? That level of violence is common among married couples, isn't it? I got angry when she talked back to me.”

A police officer said he told the man: “No matter what the object is, hitting someone with it is assault. Even if it's a husband and wife, assault is assault.''

The incident occurred at around 8:30 p.m. on May 17, TV Asahi reported. The man’s wife called 110 and said her husband is an alcoholic who was verbally abusing her and hit her on the head with a banana peel.

The man had been drinking and tried to complain about his neighbor's car being parked on his property, but his wife said that when she stopped him, he became angry.

© Japan Today

©2024 GPlusMedia Inc.

28 Comments
Login to comment

Just divorce and get on with your life and stop calling the police for trivial matters.

-11 ( +9 / -20 )

“No matter what the object is, hitting someone with it is assault. Even if it's a husband and wife, assault is assault.''

With one sheet of paper is assault? Hitting someone with thin air is an assault?

The man had been drinking and tried to complain about his neighbor's car being parked on his property, but his wife said that when she stopped him, he became angry.

Why stopped him? His neighbor park in wrong place? They need to be told.

-2 ( +15 / -17 )

Man arrested for hitting wife with banana peel denies it can be called domestic abuse

Just when you think you've heard it all...

6 ( +14 / -8 )

Vicious

You hit me with a flower

You do it every hour

Oh, baby, you're so vicious

2 ( +8 / -6 )

When they reconcile over karaoke, avoid singing Monkey Magic by Godiego or Monkey Man by Toots and the Maytals.

0 ( +4 / -4 )

It's all fun and games until some slips and falls on a banana peel (or gets slapped in the head with one).

9 ( +10 / -1 )

My late sister was a victim of a banana-slap when we were kids. It may sound like a harmless act, but the peels have a whip-like snap to them. She had to get two stitches and I lost count of the number of belt-whips I got for doing it. Try hitting someone with a banana peel and see. Just make sure before you do that you can beat up whoever it is, because they will be hurt and not laughing.

-6 ( +3 / -9 )

The proper punishment would be getting smacked with a red turtle shell.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

An act of violence is an act of violence no matter the choice of weapon.

-8 ( +4 / -12 )

I feel like this is an Onion article.

9 ( +10 / -1 )

felonious fruit attack.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

I guess Some people are thin skinned

11 ( +11 / -0 )

Assault happens all the time in Tokyo walking down the street. Some could say those walking watching their phone they slam into you have assaulted you. Wish they would start arresting them.

0 ( +8 / -8 )

alcoholic

All you need to know.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

Assaulted with a banana skin, well, that's a new one, but still with the same old excuse, I was drunk at the time. And her heinous crime, she had the nerve to talk back to him, well, I suppose that is all we need to know about her and her 'criminal' past. I only have one piece of advice for her, dump him very quickly, because you never know, if she does some thing like serving his dinner at 6.01pm instead of exactly at 6.00 pm she may get hit with 2 banana skins.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

opheliajadefeldt

Assaulted with a banana skin, well, that's a new one, but still with the same old excuse, I was drunk at the time. 

Excuse for what? I certainly do not approve of hitting people with a banana peel, but seriously, assault? What is next, cotton balls?

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

I would be more concerned with the verbal assault than a banana peel.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Domestic violence is not a joke. The police finally are taking it seriously and not just for foreign women however Japanese women, too. Once upon a time, many, many years ago, I heard a story where the police told a gaijin woman's Japanese husband, he could not touch her because she was a foreigner. It is good to know that Japanese women are getting the protection they deserve, and the abuser is getting a dressing down.

An abused woman has a hard time to leave, the services for abused women are not that advanced in Japan like in other parts of the world leaving the woman many of times stuck with their abuser especially older women like this lady.

-2 ( +5 / -7 )

We need more information. Was it a small Philippine banana or one of those larger Taiwan varieties? How ripe was it? The more ripe the softer the skin.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

tigerjaneToday  01:52 pm JST

Domestic violence is not a joke. The police finally are taking it seriously and not just for foreign women however Japanese women, too. Once upon a time, many, many years ago, I heard a story where the police told a gaijin woman's Japanese husband, he could not touch her because she was a foreigner. It is good to know that Japanese women are getting the protection they deserve, and the abuser is getting a dressing down.

An abused woman has a hard time to leave, the services for abused women are not that advanced in Japan like in other parts of the world leaving the woman many of times stuck with their abuser especially older women like this lady.

And I hope that also applies to women who have abused men. And police don’t even bother to believe it. That also includes emotional abuse and also financial abuse. Men who have brought this up, are laughed at, told to MAN UP.(whatever that means). Yes domestic abuse is not a laughing matter. For the victims men or women. It has taken men to actually record the abuse for the police to even entertain the idea a women could abuse their partner. It’s not just a women’s issue!

5 ( +6 / -1 )

I'm guessing it's pretty difficult to get a divorce on mental abuse grounds here so getting slapped in the face with anything could be her ticket to freedom.

Stick it in the police records to build a case against him - he sounds like an abusive bully at the very least (we all know one).

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Daninthepan

I'm guessing it's pretty difficult to get a divorce on mental abuse grounds here so getting slapped in the face with anything could be her ticket to freedom.

You can get a divorce by going to the city office and signing the papers.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

...and so he hits her on the head with a banana peel...

Good job he didn't use a bunch....

1 ( +3 / -2 )

Mass , velocity , momentum , hardness , surface roughness etc. etc. of the projectile are not defined in the law for this reason. Judje will make the decision whether it was assault or not. By the way , a banana peel thrown on one’s head can easily whip back into the eye and cause considerable damage

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

By the way , a banana peel thrown on one’s head can easily whip back into the eye and cause considerable damage.

Oh, come on!

1 ( +1 / -0 )

The police were just following the latest updated manual (and they absolutely must follow that manual) that has a clause that hitting somebody with anything should be considered assault.

It is the way the modern world has gone.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

There are clearly some violence issues in Japan (and not only in Japan) because of alcohol, no money because of gambling/pachinko etc. between couples - but not always is the husband the bad one like in this case. Not every Japanese woman is an innocent helpless angel, and often both the husband and wife are violently fighting against each other.

Not much what police can do about it for a long-term solution - what should police really do about it is a good question, especially if they accuse each other but are unwilling to file charges against each other and continue to live together, even after one of them is arrested.

If it is getting really wild, police can only advice them, that one of them should move away and file for divorce.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I read about a similar case in a European paper the other day, a man was acquitted over throwing a bowl of orange peel at his wife, the wife how ever, was found guilty of not getting his slippers out ready for him when he came home. But luckily for her, she only got 15yrs plus parole, so she coud be out in 12.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites