Man arrested for throwing iron bars onto train tracks to protest noise


Police said Friday they have arrested a 49-year-old man in Tokyo for throwing iron bars onto train tracks.

According to police, the man, who has been named as Kenji Ishibashi from Nerima Ward, was observed on CCTV cameras throwing two L-shaped pieces of iron, each measuring 80 cms long and 30 cms wide, onto the tracks of the Seibu Shinjuku Line on June 4 at around 6 a.m., TV Asahi reported.

Police say that although a train later ran over the rods, there was no damage and no passenger injuries were reported following the resulting emergency stop.

During police questioning, Ishibashi was quoted as saying, "I did it because the construction noise late at night was loud and disturbed me."

Police say they are also investigating the possibility that Ishibashi was involved in four further cases of items being left on nearby train tracks last month.

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Prime candidate for psych evaluation!

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Agree with his protest, disagree with his method. Before you put this guy behind bars image every night having to listen to construction. It'll make anyone go crazy. Been there done that. I just sucked it up though. I thought there are noise polution laws in Japan.

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Those noisy trains can drive ANYBODY crazy so I do feel sorry and this dudes pain, but agree the method is wrong, crazy, dangerous!

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hereforever: Agree with his protest, disagree with his method.

Why? Train tracks need construction / repair work done from time to time. That's just a fact of life. If someone were to be injured because of letting tracks fall into disrepair, wouldn't that be far worse than noise at night, assuming the noise is temporary? The trains run from nearly 5:00 a.m. to around 1:00 a.m. When in the world are they supposed to do construction work but at night?

I thought there are noise polution laws in Japan.

With a moniker like hereforever, you must be a joking about that statement. Have you ever seen the black vans, political sound trucks, yakimono trucks, bamboo pole trucks, megaphone-holding, screaming idiots outside shops, etc. arrested or even stopped for being too noisy? There are noise pollution laws in Japan but they are pathetic, toothless and rarely used. Additionally, before construction work begins permits are usually required. If the construction is going on at night, it would have been allowed in the permit so this guy's complaint should be with the office that allowed the construction and not the train company.

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hereforeverJun. 22, 2013 - 07:48AM JST Agree with his protest, disagree with his method. Before you put this guy behind bars image every night having to listen to construction.

Earplugs. Expensive ones will cost you a thousand yen, cheap ones a hundred yen.

The solution is not doing stuff that'll potentially kill or injure hundreds of innocent passengers who have no control over the construction noise.

If he'd taken a drum and played taiko in the street outside the house of the Tokyo Metro CEO then I might have a little sympathy, but there's no way that anyone could guess that someone throwing dangerous objects on the tracks might be protesting noisy construction work.

He's a coward and selfishly risked the lives of others to get some sort of petty revenge. He deserves to be behind bars.

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I thought there are noise polution laws in Japan.

thanks, i just spit coffee on my keyboard

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He should relocate himself and find residence somewhereels.e. but wherever he goes some form of noise pollution will always be there. He could go and settle in some far away remote village in japan.but those plays have problems of a different nature. .

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Ishibashi should be charged with attempted murder.

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this guy needs some lengthy time in jail and fine that will not let him see another light of the day. Pretty dangerous actions, very irresponsible, and placed the lives of thousands of people at risk jsut because he felt his silence violated. Move to the mountains buddy.

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Complaining about reasonable things or events are valid, however throwing iron bars to tracks which would endanger lives of many people is not justifiable for his cause.

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hereforever: "I thought there are noise polution laws in Japan."

Yeah, right. I think there are more likely laws against silence. Construction at all hours, shouting in supermarkets, trucks driving around with loudspeakers asking to collect old appliances or bikes or what have you, speeches, trucks, and crowds passing by during elections, speakers on utility poles in pedestrian areas blaring announcements or muzak, mandatory speakers in your home in rural areas for daily announcements (it's illegal to disconnect them or turn them off), constant announcements on the trains and buses, nearby kindergartens with amazingly loud speakers, super-loud ambulances, bosozoku and u-yoku, you name it. There are times when I'll go hiking in extremely rural areas and I literally feel like I'm no longer in Japan because it's so quiet.

The man is right to protest the noise, but committing a violent and dangerous act is not the way to go about it. The construction companies -- especially since it seems they are related to the railway -- would never stop regardless of complaints/petitions or what have you, but again this is not the way to 'protest'. The conductor and passengers on the train are no doubt at times tired of all the noise as well, and hurting them would solve absolutely nothing.

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People that's why they shut down the trains around Midnight and 1 am. It's the only time they can do construction and repairs without stopping or delaying service during the day.

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Vernie: "People that's why they shut down the trains around Midnight and 1 am. It's the only time they can do construction and repairs without stopping or delaying service during the day."

So that gives them the right to create so much noise pollution in the middle of the night?

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He should have greased the tracks.

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I live near that Seibu Line as well and the noise doesn't bother me that much. Repairs are progress, and I enjoy going to work on time during the day. Seems like a good deal to me and people should be grateful for that. Would you rather have your train line be shut down during working hours leaving thousands of people stranded at the station? I doubt it. Did you see the news when they closed that old station and completed the new section at that new station on the Odakyu Line? I bet they had a thousand construction workers out there with a 4 hour time limit to switch the tracks. I was impressed with the efficiency of work and every sound made was beneficial. Repairs are only temporary, no need to lose any sleep over it Smithjapan...hehe

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People have a choice...they can either live near tracks or they don't...if they choose to live near track, they have effectively agreed to live with the noise that comes with it..can't have it both ways

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move somewhere else.

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It is getting hotter.

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He didn't think of alternatives? what a one-track mind.

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I used to live beside the Koshukaido in Tokyo and there was always construction going on at night around there. Simple solution to this: buy earplugs or move.

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