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Man arrested over threat to kill woman after garbage dispute

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Police in Sapporo said Sunday they have arrested a 61-year-old man on suspicion of threatening to kill a woman following a dispute over garbage disposal at the apartment building where they both live.

According to police, Shoichi Ito threatened to kill the woman at around 8:20 a.m. on Saturday, Fuji TV reported. Ito has denied the charge, saying the woman made the story up, police said.

Police said the woman consulted with them on Friday, complaining that Ito left garbage piled up at the entrance to his apartment and also in the building’s car parking lot. Other apartment residents told police they had also had trouble with Ito about his garbage.

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Guy sounds like a piece of trash.

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back in the day there was a funk bug like that near my apt, I saw it a couple of times, and it looked like it was mad because the j-system had marginalized it, so it threw a tantrum of funk.

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"Ito has denied the charge, saying the woman made the story up"

but who made the garbage pile up "at the entrance to his apartment and also in the building’s car parking lot"

Well at least in Japan, his reply may receive gent-privileged affinity as an argument, until they figure it out; he may even throw in "I dont remember" or "I was angry" or "I was drunk" or "I just wanted others to feel my unhappiness"

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We are talking Japan now the land where some people have some weird fetishes so - Maybe this guy has a Trash Fetish.

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We are talking Japan now the land where some people have some weird fetishes so - Maybe this guy has a Trash Fetish.

"Mmmm, just look at them big old bags....oh baby, you chunky...you junky..."

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Really, com'on... Let's say the old dude said it, is it credible? My MaMa used to threaten to kill my brothers and I all the time. Good grief... goofy news.

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Sounds like another wagamama ganko oyaji.

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It is unfortunate when a Neighbor turns out to be not so good.

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Well, we don't know how the threat was made, or how serious he was about it, but I do think it is a bit much to incarcerate this 61 year old man, probably for 23 days, (rubber stamped by a judge "and then indict him if the prosecutor does'nt get the answers he/she wants to hear, and then automatically refused bail by another rubber stamping judge.

Perhaps the police should consider mediating the dispute, and I'm sure the woman in question would accept an apology (after all, for many, many years Japanese people have always told me how famously they get on with each other with such harmony.

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@ Ex_Res, as a ward officer once told me: " gomi is a problem all over tokyo.

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Police said the woman consulted with them on Friday, complaining that Ito left garbage piled up at the entrance to his apartment and also in the building’s car parking lot.

So what can the police do about this? Why not have the landlord give the guy a warning then evict him if he violates again? I understand if this was in a residential neighborhood but apartment matters should be solved by the apartment building's management.

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The garbage is a public nuisance, so it's fine to go to the police. I doubt "apartment building's management" even exists.

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One mans garbage is another mans treasure.

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Funny ‘Gomi Baba’ trash incident. Recently had a run in with my new neighbor. I recently moved into Adachi-Ku and was taking out a large number of trash bags from my house. Building something so had on some clothes covered with paint. They were about 75 meters away when they spotted me dropping off some trash. They were unloading something from their MERCEDES. Talk about doing a double, triple take. Guess they thought I was a foreign worker trying to put garbage in their designated trash area. OH THE NERVE!! I could see the disgust in their faces even from 75 meters away. Well I dropped it off and covered it with the net and returned home. A couple hours later they show up in my driveway and verbally attack me. “ We have rules around here, and the garbage you dropped off wasn’t picked up! You need to go get it and bring it back to your house!” Granted, it was broken plaster board in 4 different bags and I didn’t know they would not take that. Fine I made a mistake, but they could of approached me with a “sumimasen, are you new here? Hajimashite, etc. and a softer explanation. A few later I ran into ‘gomi baba’, (a new name I’ve blessed her with) and she had the audacity to say that this wasn’t my place to drop off trash. I politely said my mother-in-law told me that this is in fact our designated area. She said I should check to make sure because she didn’t think so, because there was no foreign name on ‘garbage kumiai list’. Well I told me wife and she returned with me to put a Japanese face to it. “ She politely told her, we are on the list and don’t jump to conclusions” Gomi baba tried to save face by explanations of what can be thrown away and on what days by pointing at the sign while explaining. My wife said, I can read Japanese and our name is on your list of “gomi touban” yoroshiku onegaishimasu”. So good thing it didn’t turn out as a ‘trash rage’ incident and you’re reading a JT story of ‘gaijin arrested over garbage trouble’

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It would be nice to know if we are talking about junk here or organic, rotting trash. If its the former there is a chance the guy is sane but lazy. If its the latter the guy is a nut.

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There's an old guy who CONSTANTLY throws his garbage in front of our building any day of the week while walking buy, and it is god awful stuff like squid parts, fish heads, and moldy fruit, etc. Cats and crows have a hay day, and on days like those of late where it is extremely hot and humid, the whole area reeks like a sewer. I caught him doing it the other day and reamed him out and he stared at me, shaking, went beet red, and probably would have threatened me like Ito save that the landlady came out at the same time and reamed him out as well. I told him to pick up his garbage and take it home, and followed him with video running, he just went to the back of the building and stuffed it in the plastic bottle bin beside the vending machine. I followed him to the convenience store where he was going to go buy more one-cup Ozeki (the guy is a drunk) but he decided not to go in because I was following, then for the next half an hour he avoided going home so that I couldn't follow him. He just sat under a tree nearby and pretended to sleep. I went back, took his garbage out (fortunately not that bad) and tied it to his front door knob. Landlady thanked me later but told me I should be careful of people like him. Fortunately, he hasn't thrown his trash in front of our building anymore (he now does it in a corner near the train station, which people are now on him about).

Some people are indeed, as the first commenter pointed out, just trash.

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Be careful obeying the rules on trash folks! One thing sure to get people riled up.

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