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Man arrested over assault in road rage incident

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Police in Tondabayashi, Osaka Prefecture, said Sunday they have arrested a 47-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder after he hit a 41-year-old man in the head with a tool after a traffic dispute last month.

According to police, the incident occurred on Oct 16. Yoshihiko Fujita, a company employee, tailgated the victim for about 500 meters, Sankei Shimbun reported. After they stopped their cars by the side of the road, Fujita pulled the other man out of his car and used a tool to hit him in the head several times, fracturing his skull.

Police said the two men do not know each other. The victim was taken to hospital where he remains in a stable condition.

Fujita was put on a wanted list and turned himself in to police on Saturday night. Police said he told them the argument was over an incident that occurred at an intersection.

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Time to drop the hammer on this guy too!

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Yubaru

We're just waiting for the hammer to fall!

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I hope they don't make this a separate charge for "road rage". It's assault. Charge him for that. We don't need more laws for "road rage" or "hate crimes" (which sadly has started making its way into Japan.)

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" . . . used a tool to hit him in the head several times, fracturing his skull."

It's best not to get out of the car at all in a situation like this. I've told my children to call the police or drive to the nearest koban or police station before getting out of the car with an overly irate driver following close behind them.

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A basic legal principle is that you charge when you have evidence of an illegal action, or a conspiracy to engage in one. "Road rage" is a state of mind. When they start criminally charging people for their emotional states, it's time to leave...

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"Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to angerAnger leads to hateHate leads to suffering."

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When they start criminally charging people for their emotional states, it's time to leave...

It's been that way for many years in many places. It can mean the difference between first degree murder and manslaughter.

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