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Man arrested for lying about coronavirus infection, causing train delay in Gunma

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Police in Kiryu, Gunma Prefecture, have arrested a 54-year-old man on suspicion of fraudulent obstruction of business after he told a woman on a train that he was infected with the coronavirus, causing a delay to the train operator’s schedule.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 4:30 p.m. Monday aboard a train on the JR Ryoma Line, Sankei Shimbun reported. Police said Kiyoshi Kogure, a construction worker from Tochigi Prefecture, was drunk at the time of the incident. They said he told a nearby female passenger that he was infected with the coronavirus.

When the train arrived at Kiryu Station, passengers notified station officials who called police. All passengers were asked to get off the train. Four police officers in hazmat clothing escorted Kogure to a health center where he tested negative for the virus. Police also contacted a health center in Tochigi Prefecture which said Kogure had not been tested in the prefecture.

Police said Kogure told them it was just a joke.

The incident caused a one-hour delay along the Ryoma Line.

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Attention seeking knobhead.

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Police said Kogure told them it was just a joke.

Slap him with a hefty fine to be a lesson for similar morons

11 ( +11 / -0 )

Lock him up. Those that deliberately spread panic are scum.

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Very costly joke and this time the " I was drunk" not going to cut it.

5 ( +8 / -3 )

Non hospitalized solitary confinement for idiots who put others at risk.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

What are demented twit!

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Four police officers in hazmat clothing escorted Kogure to a health center where he tested negative for the virus.

So that is how one can get tested?

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The Ryoma line only runs once or twice an hour as it is.

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Wow, what is happening in this world ???. Every excuse is the corona virus.

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Just slap a Heavy fine on the Selfish Idiot!

He will not like losing his Drinking Money!

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"Police said Kiyoshi Kogure, a construction worker from Tochigi Prefecture, was drunk at the time of the incident. They said he told a nearby female passenger that he was infected with the coronavirus."

I hope this isn't going to be the latest pickup line.

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Expensive joke. I can imagine him saying ' Jodan, jodan desuyo'

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Fine him a million yen for every minute the train was stopped.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Welcome to Japan! Probably thought it was a great pick-up line! Drunken bastard!

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Police said Kogure told them it was just a joke.

There's a time, place and type/demographic of jokes. This surely wasn't either. Could you imagine the woman he was talking to felt? Especially if he wasn't wearing a mask. String him up by his wallet and savings!

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