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Man assaults wife after learning she trolled his YouTube videos for six months

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By SoraNews24

The Oita District Court has opened the trial of a 44-year-old man who stands accused of confining and assaulting his 36-year-old wife in the their Enokuma-area apartment after he learned that she had been sabotaging his attempts to become a YouTuber for over half a year.

Prior to the incident, the man began posting videos highlighting some of Oita City’s restaurants and sightseeing spots and collecting revenue from the number of views he got on YouTube. However, in addition to clicks, he was also getting several offensive and negative comments such as, “idiot” and “baldy.”

In March of this year, he learned that it was his own wife who was typing the insults and found out that she had asked acquaintances to leave offensive comments as well. Enraged by the discovery, the man bound his wife’s arms and legs with whatever he could find, such as tape.

He then allegedly kicked her in the face, causing injuries that lasted up to a month. During the trial, which began on May 21, the man admitted to the attack and both sides rested their cases that same day, with the prosecution requesting a three-year prison sentence.

The ruling in this case is due on 6 June, and online commenters have had the following to say about the matter:

“What she did was bad, but she didn’t deserve that.”

“At least he got comments. I can’t get any on my videos.”

“Looks like baldy’s going to prison.”

“He wants to be a YouTuber…and he’s 44?”

“Clearly the wife was trying to steer him towards a regular job. But there are better ways of doing that.”

“Baldy has a short fuse.”

“I’ve come to learn that anyone who identifies themselves as a YouTuber should be dealt with very delicately. They tend to be live wires.”

“Surely calling someone ‘baldy’ in public is a form of abuse too.”

“Since when does being bald prohibit one from being a YouTuber?”

“I can’t tell if this marriage is a disaster, or if these two were made for each other.”

“Isn’t she also guilty of defamation?”

“I figured it was common sense that if I call anyone ‘baldy’ they will attack me.”

“This is just sad.”

One thing is for certain: It’s an understatement to say that this marriage is in trouble.

Sources: Nishinippon Shimbun, Golden Times

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Toasted Heretic

Quite possibly but tying her up and assaulting her shows zero respect as well.

Yes, the insults were annoying but his response was one of fragile masculinity and ego driven rage. He needs serious counselling for anger management, at the very least.

Oh, I totally agree. He has major issues and is 100% wrong in the way he reacted.

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@MlodinowMay 27 09:03 pm JST

Being able to prove what you said is true is a complete defense against a defamation suit. So if he is bald/balding he can't possibly claim defamation.

The truth is indeed a complete defense in many (not sure if it is "all", but certainly "many") common law countries, but not in Japan - it is explicitly written in the Code that truth or falsehood of the facts by itself isn't relevant. The defense in Japan weighs on whether revealing it is in the Public Interest. It is hard for a non-truth to be in the Pubic Interest, so it has to be True and it has to be in the Public Interest.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Not much more to add to this story but I found it very amusing. Not the kicking in the face part but I could see this being the plot line for a Crayon Shin-Chan episode.

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The one thing required for a marriage to work is respect. She obviously didn't respect him.

Quite possibly but tying her up and assaulting her shows zero respect as well.

Yes, the insults were annoying but his response was one of fragile masculinity and ego driven rage. He needs serious counselling for anger management, at the very least.

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Yubaru

Sounds to me, based upon the article, that the woman here had a hard time believing that anyone could find what her "bald" husband would create could actually be liked or appreciated, particularly to the point where he was making some money on it.

Totally agree. The number of unrealistic people who think they can make money on YouTube is amazing.

And that marriage was doomed. The one thing required for a marriage to work is respect. She obviously didn't respect him.

Red suns

Why would she do such a thing..... sabotaging hubby’s project and their potential income that is.

My guess is that she realized that he wouldn't get any income from his channel.

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What did she expect? He overreacted a little but still...

Women are violently assaulted every day. Not just here in Japan. None of them deserve it. The language of violence by males towards women, the language that excuses such incidents is alarming and appears to be on the rise.

I do wonder about some who excuse this violence and repeatedly call for women to be hanged, or sterilized. It's not surprising they also believe in victim blaming.

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Isn’t she also guilty of defamation?”

Being able to prove what you said is true is a complete defense against a defamation suit. So if he is bald/balding he can't possibly claim defamation. Plus, he does indeed seem to be an idiot as claimed...

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There really are a lot of Jerry Springer show couples out there.

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Toxic relationships always involve both parties being at fault in some way or another. But it’s how you react to the toxicity.

I was in a toxic relationship with a Japanese woman in my early 20’s for 3 years. She was a control freak and would slap me, kick me if I forgot to do everything she said... forgetting to take out the garbage, not washing the dishes, not doing the laundry, etc. I admit that in my youth I wasn’t the best partner but her reaction and resorting to physical violence was not right.

I’m a mellow guy and I put up with the physical abuse for 3 years. Then one night she kicked me in the face when I was laying down watching tv. My nose started bleeding. I snapped. I yelled. She started biting me. I then picked her up and threw her on the bed. She started cowering and begged me not hurt her. I guess it was at that point she realized that I’m bigger than her and could have actually hurt her.

I really wanted to hit her because she deserved it but I didn’t. I walked out and never saw her again. When you reach the point in a relationship where you have thoughts of inflicting pain on your girlfriend it’s time to leave.

I could have been this YouTuber wannabe but my reaction was not violence. That’s why that guy is more at fault than the wife. The wife was passive aggressive; the husband was physically aggressive.

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they both dummy i mean if she want to get divorce just ask for it easy but no she wanted the hard way out and putting him in prison LUL, what a regular couple life i wonder why people like those get married!!

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I wish they had provided a motive for why she'd been doing it. If she was concerned about him devoting all his time to it and as such was worried about their future, I can sympathize with her actions, although it was still a crappy way to express herself. If she was doing it because she was simply unhappy and liked to goad him on, well, then they deserved each other.

What was NOT deserved one bit was any kind of physical violence. If his heart was so much into it, and it was broken when he learned what she had been doing, he should have simply left her. Glad he's being charged.

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One thing I can take from this is that it takes two to tango. I don't condone what the man did or any kind of violence but when it comes to cases of domestic violence there's often a trigger or some kind of provocation going on. If it ends up in court it's usually his word against hers. And it's clear from the statistics what usually happens when children are involved.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

She betrayed her husbands trust - She got what she deserved. She should never have belittled her husband, She should never have had other people write negative comments about her husband, She should never have told her families business to others.... AKUSAI - DESHO.  So good job on the husbands side. Hopefully she learned not to betray her next husband.

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Actually, by Japanese law, it can qualify for criminal defamation:

Article 230: (1) A person who defames another by alleging facts in public shall, regardless of whether such facts are true or false, be punished...

Words like "baldy" can rate as a alleged fact, and at that point it satisfies the objective part of the definition.

Further there is:

Article 231 A person who insults another in public, even if it does not allege facts, shall be punished...

"Idiot" would certainly qualify as an insult.

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Appears that there are far too many that do not understand what constitutes defamation. Making negative comments about a You Tube video, does not the meet requirement of being defamatory.

It's called an opinion.

No one lied about him, no one slandered him, no one published anything about him that was false or intended to cause him any financial harm. The man was a "you-tuber" with a minimal reputation, if any really, and with out any further facts, and based upon the article here, it was just a vindictive wife and her accomplice friends that made comments on his you tube videos.

If you cant take people being against your opinion, then you should find somewhere else to make your comments or post your videos knowing that everyone will agree with you!

Same as here!

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I can’t tell if this marriage is a disaster, or if these two were made for each other.

bingo

2 ( +2 / -0 )

She asked for trouble. Trouble is what she found.

-2 ( +6 / -8 )

No way the wife would just do this her own husband for so many months

Remember Phil Hartman? Funny human being, who from all accounts, was a great husband and father, and just a good human being. His wife, an actress, was bitter at his success, and in the end murdered him then killed herself, with the children in the house.

Some times people blame their own problems on someone else. Sometimes these people take action against those they blame, even though the person hasn't actually done anything wrong. Sometimes those people are women, sometimes they're wives, and sometimes their victims are their very own husbands.

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I don't condone violence, but one can only take so much verbal abuse online.

Trust me, words DO sting.

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And stranger, this is where you're at--that the husband is no better or apparently worse for having assaulted his wife?

No, that's not a correct characterization of what I said. I said he was no better. I didn't say, nor imply, nor mean, nor think, that he was not any worse.

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Misogynists out in force today it seems.

Exactly. Who knew calling an insecure jerk a baldy or loser merited being bound or kicked in the head.

Can't say the husband is any better.

And stranger, this is where you're at--that the husband is no better or apparently worse for having assaulted his wife?

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one does not kick a woman in the face regardless of circumstance

What if a woman is coming after you with a knife, trying to kill you? What if she's karate black belt or the like?

Never say never.

-1 ( +5 / -6 )

Okay. You were still incorrsxtvto tell that poster they were wrong.

Actually, I'm going to add to my last post even. Let's review what the other poster actually said, which I pointed out as incorrect:

No way the wife would just do this her own husband for so many months

For this statement to be correct, it would mean that women would never so something to a husband that isn't deserved. The poster wrote there is 'no way' that a wife would do that, and even assuming that they meant 'without good reason', it would mean that women never do anything mean unless provoked - aka it's always the man's fault, and never the woman's fault. Sorry, but I cannot sign on to this misandrist view point. Just as some men are horrible, so are some women. Maybe she was just a bitter wife at a loving husband, who wanted to mess up his game because she's a [fill in bad word here]. Now to be clear, this wouldn't justify him beating her up, but the fact is there are some evil women out there who will do something to their man undeservedly.

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Okay. You were still incorrsxtvto tell that poster they were wrong.

Say what? The poster said there was no way. I pointed out that there obviously was a way, seeing as she did it. You tried to claim that it wouldn't happen without a reason, I pointed out that there is always a reason, making that a pretty empty statement.

So no, the original poster was wrong, and I was correct when I pointed that out.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Misogynists out in force today it seems.

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

Well, no one does anything without a reason.

That doesn't mean the reason is a good one.

Okay. You were still incorrsxtvto tell that poster they were wrong.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

If she sabotaged him without reason he should have jumped divorced her & used her negative comments to speed that along

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Not guilty.

Typical passive aggressive behavior by wife.

-8 ( +5 / -13 )

She could have help him out lol.

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Did the highlighting some of Oita City’s restaurants involve spending a lot of money eating and drinking out? Was he spending so much time filming sightseeing spots that he was ignoring his wife/family and other work (did he have other work?) If so that could be motivation on the wife’s part. Or maybe she just didn’t like or respect her husband. Or is the nasty type whi always ridicules efforts made by other people? Anyway, there’s no excuse for what he did and it sure sounds like they shouldn’t be together.

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No doubt their relationship was already crap before she started dissing on his YouTube posts. However, one does not kick a woman in the face regardless of circumstance and he should be suitably punished for it.

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Just hope they don't have any children.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Well, defamation can still happen in countries that have freedom of speech.

Not in this case!

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

Better keep an eye on my wife. Had a few neg comments on my clips lately.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

It's called freedom of speech. So no!

Well, defamation can still happen in countries that have freedom of speech.

9 ( +10 / -1 )

Sounds to me, based upon the article, that the woman here had a hard time believing that anyone could find what her "bald" husband would create could actually be liked or appreciated, particularly to the point where he was making some money on it.

Which also means the woman didn't have a whole hell of a lot of respect for her husband, nor herself and this marriage had a load of deeper problems.

I just hope they had no kids!

10 ( +11 / -1 )

Isn’t she also guilty of defamation?”

It's called freedom of speech. So no!

-2 ( +4 / -6 )

What did she expect? He overreacted a little but still...

-5 ( +5 / -10 )

If you read the comment in context, you'd know the OP is saying there is no way the wife would do this without any reason.

Well, no one does anything without a reason.

That doesn't mean the reason is a good one.

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I’ve come to learn that anyone who identifies themselves as a YouTuber should be dealt with very delicately. They tend to be live wires

One wonders what kind of channels this idiot watches.

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Except that it appears you’re wrong, since she did, so there was a way.

If you read the comment in context, you'd know the OP is saying there is no way the wife would do this without any reason.

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He should have videoed it and put it on his YouTube channel.

4 ( +9 / -5 )

No way the wife would just do this her own husband for so many months

Except that it appears you’re wrong, since she did, so there was a way.

9 ( +11 / -2 )

There is no one nice in this story, but the wife did not deserve to be assaulted.

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She probably did it as some kind of revenge for mistreating her daily or something. No way the wife would just do this her own husband for so many months. There must be a lot of hate bottle up in her.

-4 ( +3 / -7 )

Why would she do such a thing..... sabotaging hubby’s project and their potential income that is.

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In March of this year, he learned that it was his own wife who was typing the insults and found out that she had asked acquaintances to leave offensive comments as well.

Wow, supportive wife. That said:

Enraged by the discovery, the man bound his wife’s arms and legs with whatever he could find, such as tape.

Can't say the husband is any better.

9 ( +13 / -4 )

“He wants to be a YouTuber…and he’s 44?”

So? The internet is not limited to teenagers!

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Dude deserves 3 or more! Sounds like there was a hell of a lot more wrong with this marriage than right.

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