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Man arrested for threatening schoolgirl with knife

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Police in Wake, Okayama Prefecture, have arrested a 42-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of threatening a schoolgirl with a knife.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 4 p.m. on Saturday, Okayama TV reported. The girl was at the back of a line of about 10 children walking home from school. Police said the man, Takaharu Maeda, came up behind the girl, a senior elementary age child, and put his hand on her shoulder. He pointed a knife at her and told her to go with him.

The girl broke away from Maeda and was not harmed. A passerby called 110 and Maeda was arrested at the scene.

Police said Maeda and the girl did not know each other.

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Seems pretty random on the face of it. I wonder if he has done this before.

5 ( +10 / -5 )

Get this wacko from Wake off the streets for a long time!

14 ( +17 / -3 )

Thank goodness this attempted abduction ended well, with the child having the good sense to break away and run.

Plus, due to the vigilance of another of Japan’s Good Samaritans having the fortitude to get involved, 42yo unemployed Takaharu Maeda was apprehended.

14 ( +18 / -4 )

Agreed @nandakandamanda. Not so random. This is more than likely the escalation of some previous activity, giving him the false bravado to now act out in the open. Hopefully, he’ll be tripped up on his way to court and tell more of what he’s been up to.

@nandakandamanda 5:44pm: “Seems pretty random on the face of it. I wonder if he has done this before.” -

11 ( +14 / -3 )

He probably just wants to go to jail for his three square meals and a dry futon. It’s not like he tried to run away.

-7 ( +4 / -11 )

Whoever would traumatise a child like that deserves strict consequences.

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> Concerned CitizenToday  12:08 am JST

Whoever would traumatise a child like that deserves strict consequences.

Strict consequences probably won't work if the man's brain is wired to get excited about scaring or harming young children. The many needs to have his brain rewired through cognitive behaviour therapy and mindfulness practice. If he can notice the thought to injure a child, he can step back and let it go instead of ruminating about it and then acting on it.

-10 ( +0 / -10 )

let’s be realistic

Like other fathers here, I would happily volunteer to make sure this perp did not miss out on any trips to and from jail, to court and to the hospital for any of your recommended therapy.

cognitive behavior therapy, no. Lock up and supervision, yes.

12 ( +13 / -1 )

Lock him up. Simple

7 ( +8 / -1 )

He watched too much porn!

-8 ( +2 / -10 )

no mercy.

jail for long time.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Send him to prison. That’ll make him think twice about scaring the hell out of school children.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

The police respond quickly in this country.

-7 ( +0 / -7 )

Are they sure it wasn't a flip phone?

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RestlessMay 23  09:08 am JST

let’s be realistic

Like other fathers here, I would happily volunteer to make sure this perp did not miss out on any trips to and from jail, to court and to the hospital for any of your recommended therapy.

cognitive behavior therapy, no. Lock up and supervision, yes.

Okay, what would you do if you were born with the compulsion to scare small children and you had little control over it, like a disease? Would you want to be locked up or would you want help?

Changes the perspective doesn't it?

-7 ( +0 / -7 )

let’s be realistic,

this was a failed child abduction where the child resisted, witnesses saw and called police. Are you saying there is a specific “disease”, an AMA-DSM identifiable mental disorder, for persons with a uncontrollable compulsion to threaten and scare children?

Okay, what would you do if you were born with the compulsion to scare small children and you had little control over it, like a disease? Would you want to be locked up or would you want help?

Changes the perspective doesn't it?

Nope, my perspective has not changed. Psychotropic drugs and “mindfulness practice” might sedate him while he’s being supervised but what if he goes off meds?

Instead, I would offer this perp some “physical therapy” as a future deterrent to his inclinations, if he’s not locked up for a long time.

And especially, if and when he repeats again. I would feel my child and Japan’s other children would be safer.

Too many missing kids in Japan.

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RestlessToday  01:56 pm JST

let’s be realistic,

this was a failed child abduction where the child resisted, witnesses saw and called police. Are you saying there is a specific “disease”, an AMA-DSM identifiable mental disorder, for persons with a uncontrollable compulsion to threaten and scare children?

Okay, what would you do if you were born with the compulsion to scare small children and you had little control over it, like a disease? Would you want to be locked up or would you want help?

Changes the perspective doesn't it?

Nope, my perspective has not changed. Psychotropic drugs and “mindfulness practice” might sedate him while he’s being supervised but what if he goes off meds?

Instead, I would offer this perp some “physical therapy” as a future deterrent to his inclinations, if he’s not locked up for a long time.

And especially, if and when he repeats again. I would feel my child and Japan’s other children would be safer.

Too many missing kids in Japan.

He is a human being, just like you. He does unskillful things, just like you (and me). We don't just lock people up and throw away the key because people act unskilfully we help them because that is what we would want for ourselves.

Punshiment does not work and is draconian. Yes, his movements should be controlled to protect society and at the moment all we have to do is prison. But we all deserve a chance to be our best.

-7 ( +0 / -7 )

@Letsberealistic

As usual your not being realistic !

This is Japan were talking about and not the USA.

I think pointing a knife at a schoolgirl and attempting to abduct her is much worse than being unskilled !

He deserves to be put away !

He had his chance to show his best.

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Kyo wa heiwa dayo neMay 25  10:43 am JST

@Letsberealistic

As usual your not being realistic !

This is Japan were talking about and not the USA.

I think pointing a knife at a schoolgirl and attempting to abduct her is much worse than being unskilled !

He deserves to be put away !

He had his chance to show his best.

Okay, let's stay in the past and never progress, got it.

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