Man arrested for spraying graffiti on cars and walls in Sapporo neighborhood


Police have arrested a 67-year-old man for spraying graffiti on cars, concrete walls and other areas in a residential neighborhood of Sapporo in Hokkaido.

According to police, Iwa Otsuka, a resident of Teine Ward in Sapporo, was arrested Tuesday and charged with damaging personal property after he used a red spray can to tag a number of cars, walls and other areas of his neighborhood with the letters "KKK" and other hateful phrases in September of last year, TBS reported.

During the four months leading up to September, there were 39 such cases of vandalism in the surrounding area, police said.

Otsuka was quoted by police as saying he had been having trouble with the home owners' association after a dispute over trash disposal, and that he wanted to retaliate.

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having trouble with the home owners’ association after a dispute over trash disposal

We feel your pain, but KKK?

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KKK? Is that "kitanai, kiken, kitsui", the Japan Foundation, or a white pyjamas reference?

I think the article is missing something.

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"he used a red spray can to tag a number of cars, walls and other areas of his neighborhood with the letters “KKK” oh my he wrote the notorious based Ku Klux Kan logo to terrorize people. I guess many Japanese know about the America based terrorist group. Sad.

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I'd say it's a safe bet albaleo nailed it with the kitanai, kiken, kitsui reference. Trash...kitanai...geddit?

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Like all so-called graffiti "artists" he should have his spray cans inserted where the sun doesn't shine.

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Kids these days. I blame the parents.

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Mentally unstable person of the year #138! Irrrrassshai!

It's funny to me that many acts like this, usually performed by youngsters who doesn't know any better or havent yet found their place in life in other countries, in Japan are performed by oldies. That a 67-year old goes around like this and want to retaliat tells me there is something not quite right up there.

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A little old for that stuff.

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Probably yells at clouds too.

Would warn kids off his lawn if he had one.

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Yes, because nothing quite epitomizes the "hateful phrases" he was caught spray-painting like the word..."kitanai?"

Maybe, just maybe, KKK means what you first expect it to mean?

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If he's anything like the kids caught recently spray-painting in my neighbourhood he also painted his name and address like they did (and no, they weren't trying to pin it on anyone else). I can understand the desire to create a piece of art on a blank canvas, but not the desire to destroy for the sake of destroying -- and leaving your name and contact info or something equally as stupid.

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I hope he pays for the damages.

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Maybe, just maybe, KKK means what you first expect it to mean?

It doesn't matter what our first expectation is. Go ask 10 Japanese people what KKK means and you'll get 10 people who don't say the klan.

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Cripes, pops! What be wrong wit ye?

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He should also be charged for unauthorized advertsing on behalf of Kikkoman kabushiki kaisha.

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