Man arrested for stomping on 11-year-old boy, breaking his leg


Police in Fussa, Tokyo, said Thursday they have arrested a 21-year-old man after he stomped on an 11-year-old boy, breaking his leg, in a park.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 4 p.m. on Wednesday. TBS reported that the boy had been playing with his friends when the man suddenly walked up to him, grabbed him by the hair and flung him to the ground. While he was down, the man repeatedly stomped on the lower half of the boy's body, cursing him, before fleeing.

The boy was taken to hospital with a broken leg and other injuries which doctors said will take about three months to heal.

The boy's friends ran to their nearby school to inform teachers what happened. Police were notified and the suspect, identified as welfare worker Kazuhiro Taniguchi, was apprehended in the vicinity of the park.

Taniguchi was quoted by police as saying he lost his temper because the kids were really noisy.

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Lost his temper because they were being kids??

I hate to say it, but if I saw him do it I'd have stomped him, and tell the police I was drunk and didn't remember a thing.

What a jerk.

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What is a welfare worker?

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What kind of welfare worker does this kind of sick thing? Is there any hope for kids growing up safely in Japan?

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And the park was his own home? Send him to Fuchu for at least a year. Pure selfishness. Kids that age need to let stress out playing and making noise. It is good for them.

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Hes not a mean man, hes just plain crazy so the question becomes, how did this guy become a welfare worker? Also the article does not indicate that he was doing welfare duty at the time.

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What the truck! This loon put the beat down on a kid for being noisy in a park? Seriously? Japan is a safe country unless you are a woman or a child. There seems to be an abundance of cowardly thugs that only pick on those that can't fight back.

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Noisily playing in a park! What were these kids thinking? Don't they know parks are sleeping off mid-day drunks?

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For. FOR sleeping off mid-day drunks. See? I need to go to a park.

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Being noisy at a park in the middle of the afternoon??...HOW DARE THEY!..../sarcasm

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The root of the problem is how closely everybody lives together in one area in this society. Noise can be heard easily. Living in a paper-thin, flimsy housing wont stop the sound of noisy kids playing outside.

Where I live, I hear everything & everything can hear me.

This guy had finally reached his breaking point. Sad. I'm glad he did not kill anyone.

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This man needs to be beaten, that is shocking and there is no excuse for his mental state

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WC626 like in every big metropolis? (except for the walls) the guy should put on a frikkin head phone and deal with it, like everyone else.

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The guy is 21 which means he was a kid not too long ago. He deserves time in the slammer and pay compensation for the medical bills for injury and boy's possible trauma.

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they have arrested a 21-year-old man

I wouldn't qualify him as a "man" - "a 21 year-old male"

Taniguchi was quoted by police as saying he lost his temper because the kids were really noisy....

So it's NOT just the "oldies" complaining...

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@ Disillusioned; Japan is a safe country unless you are a woman or a child. There seems to be an abundance of cowardly thugs that only pick on those that can't fight back. Why do you assume a woman cannot fight back? Are women incapable of defending themselves? I can understand that young children may not be able to do much, but why put women in the same group?

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I have occasionally seen surprising physical violence by parents or supervisors against boys in Japan. Once at a ferry terminal I saw a father catch up with two sons who were attempting to run away from home and then proceed to relently smash them both on the head with his wooden geta, while the surrounding people looked away. This type of discipline was very common in Japan in the military era, of course, and it still seemed to linger on in some areas. I personally know of a Japanese-Chinese boy at a primary school in Saitama who in the last year or two has been hit in the face and body by his homeroom teacher on several occasions, and, following family protests to the school, each time the teacher has later visited the parents to apologize....

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@tokyoclambake Being a women doesn't preclude you from being able to fight back, but the vast majority of women, especially in this country, are raised to be meek and weak.

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Welfare worker Kazuhiro Taniguchi is mentally ill. A two week period of institutional psychiatric confinement and an appropriate prison term of two years would be a start. If found mentally ill, as is rather obvious, a two year term of confinement and evaluation followed by permanent incarceration or a five year period of probation with required psychiatric monitoring. Next time it'll be nutters to knives.

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Welfare worker: read arse wiper?

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So this welfare worker do not have any patience... and I thought that patience was one of the main characteristics to be a welfare worker....

Also, to some commentators in here, that apply to everywhere, please don't judge every welfare worker nor Japanese society because a relatively few people do this kind of things....

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Unbelievable. I hope they throw everything at him, literally.

When I read stories like this, I fantasize either of big thick telephone books and darkened police cells, or of my professional wrestling heroes growing up. I wonder, am I the only one?

Anyway, I hope the boy recovers quickly and that the soon-to-be prisoner gets a nice long sentence, and does it tough!

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Poor boy, I hope that he recovers fully very quickly. The mental trauma he had inflicted upon him by the violent child-abuser could take many years, sadly.

Just hoping that the cowardly thug/child-abuser Kazuhiro Taniguchi gets locked away for a very, very long time - and is forever precluded from any contact with any child.

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The Taniguchi clan are notoriously hot-tempered......

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This guy could team up with the 'YouTube prankster'... They seem to come from the same background and be mentally ill. How come so Many people seen frickin' unstable in Japan? Is there something in the air?

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STRAP this IDIOT down, and STOP HIS ARM until it is broken. In fact, get the kids DAD to DO IT.

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It Just shows you how stressful work can be in Japan and how it can drive you to do such crazy things.

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The kid and his friends might have been smarting off to him and the one wouldn't stop so the guy just snapped then blacked out. Not excusing his behavior at all, he needs mental help to learn to control his temper. However, he did not murder or rape anyone, so I think, "it'll be nutters to knives." seems a bit extreme.

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Have no tolerance for weak minded people taking out their personal weakness on those physically unable to protect themselves especially children. With that in mind, Japan as many other countries needs to finds out how so many people are experiencing mental issues. As much as technology has open many avenues for communications, it also have created many ways for us to personally communicate less as a society.

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