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Man arrested for robbery after threatening girl with scissors

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Police in Tokyo have arrested a 21-year-old man after he threatened an 18-year-old girl with a pair of scissors and stole her smartphone and cash last month.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 10:30 p.m. on Jan 17 as the girl walked along a street in Shinjuku Ward, Kyodo News reported. Police said the suspect, Hibiki Miyakawa, held the scissors to the girl’s neck and told her to either “die or hand over cash.” He stole 8,000 yen in cash and the victim’s smartphone.

The girl told police Miyakawa also ordered her “not to talk” and threatened to “kill her in five seconds.”

Police said Miyakawa was taken into custody following a suicide attempt in Kochi Prefecture last week. He told Kochi police that he was having money troubles and was heavily in debt.

Police said Miyakawa moved to Tokyo last November to work at a host club. He was quoted as saying he could not “adjust to his job as a host” in the Kabukicho district in Shinjuku.

Police said he has hinted at having committed several other robberies after he came to Tokyo.

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I feel extremely sorry for that girl. I hope she recovers. I cannot imagine how traumatic that is. That man should never be able to walk the streets again for eternity.

What on earth is going on???? I thought Japan just like Mainland China and Taiwan is one of the safest countries in the world where someone regardless of size, age or gender can walk the streets alone at any time of the day without being harmed. It is a shock that this could occur in a crowded area like Shinjuku where there are pedestrians everywhere. Almost impossible to commit a crime an extremely densely populated area like Shinjuku where there are pedestrians and Kobans scattered everywhere.

Something has to change. This kind of thing was almost unheard of in Japan in the past especially in the 1970s and 1980s.

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"...He was quoted as saying he could not “adjust to his job as a host”

I bet. It's a demanding job!

What a moronic career path.

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No excuse for his behaviour. Poor girl! He needs to reevaluate things. Change jobs, earn more, reduce expenses. That will get him out of his financial mess. Not hard as there are plenty of jobs in Tokyo. The only question is he prepared to make changes. Some people just don't look for solutions, get all negative and do stupid things.

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He was quoted as saying he could not “adjust to his job as a host” in the Kabukicho district in Shinjuku.

Why?

Was it that hard to look pretty and play with his hair?

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But that has nothing to do or better to say it isn’t a development unique to Japan, @baroque1888, it’s the same development anywhere else on this planet. You have already given a hint with 1979s and ‘80s. More generalized, that was short before and at the global zenith as well Japan’s zenith, more famous under the name bubble, and from there on we are quasi on a downwards trend again on planet Earth. That all reflects not only in kind of crimes and crime rates, but one can watch that in many other fields or on many other topics too.

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I feel sorry for this guy. It sounds like he was from the countryside and had the great American Dream to go to Tokyo where gold falls off trees. In the end he had to become a male prostitute and as a naive country side 21 year old, was exploited and put into debt. In the underworld if you don’t pay your debt, bad things happen.

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This is a possible explanation, not an excuse, for such a heinous crime. I'm guessing the host job he was doing is run by some pretty awful people. When he joins they offer to lend him some money without mentioning the interest. He then learns the loan is actually from the proper gangsters who threaten to harm his family. The host job barely covers the interest. He commits crime and then tries to end his life.

A friend of mine killed himself at about the same age because he'd wracked up so much debt in London casinos. Who cares whose fault it is? It's such a dangerous time of life. RIP my friend.

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I thought 18yo women are considered adults under the law now? Or does that only apply for credit cards and accumulating exorbitant amounts of debt?

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@LoveJapan

Where did you get the idea that mainland China is safe for women? Taiwan is not China or the mainland… a lot better though but still has places seedier than anywhere in Japan.

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My bad. My last post was directed @ boroque1888

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I feel sorry for this guy. 

you feel sorry for the guy that got caught, for mugging a young woman……

ok

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Rodney

I feel sorry for this guy. It sounds like he was from the countryside and had the great American Dream to go to Tokyo where gold falls off trees. In the end he had to become a male prostitute

Err what? The article did not say anything about "male prostitute". Apparently he failed at his job as a "host", but to describe that scene as "male prostitution" is quite misleading.

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