A 34-year-old man was beaten and robbed outside his home in Naka, Ibaraki Prefecture, on Friday.
According to police, the incident occurred at around 4 p.m. Kyodo News quoted police as saying that the man, who is self-employed, called 110 and said he had been attacked from behind by two men whom he didn’t know and that they stole about 10,000 yen from his wallet.
The victim told police he had gone to investigate a noise coming from a storeroom adjoining his residence when he was attacked.
The man suffered minor head injuries.
Police believe the same two men may have been responsible for a similar assault on Thursday, also in Naka. In that incident, which occurred at around 6:50 p.m., two men stood in front of car and waved the 35-year-old driver to stop.
Police said the driver told them two men threatened him with a knife and demanded money, speaking in English. The driver resisted and one of the attackers cut him in the right leg with a knife before stealing 10,000 yen.© Japan Today
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What a strange way to write a crime news story. The headline and lead indicate it's about one incident, whereas it's actually about two.
The lead should be:
Police in Ibaraki Prefecture say they are investigating two muggings. Both appear to have been committed by the same pair of men who beat and slashed their victims.
Many times I noticed that when normal Japanese want to play or act as a Bad Boy they say very few words in English they caught from a movies or just to look bad or tough only for FUN, now these two guys !!? might be doing it to disguise themselves and mislead police.
Some years ago I recall reading an article in one of the domestic newspapers that reported Japanese home invasion robbers spoke to each other in broken English in order to confuse police investigators. (This came out after they were caught.)
So unless the victim knew English well enough to differentiate, the penultimate sentence in JT's article is just going to aggravate readers.
I've passed through Naka-gun in Ibaraki on numerous occasions and it's very rural. Foreigners would stand out much more than in big cities.
James Diamond Durant
The stereotyping in the reply section is amazingly horrible. As a Black American Man living here for a long time, I’m appalled with this article and with some of the remarks. I am aware that being a foreigner here is almost like being a Black man in America, but these remarks are very inflammatory. How can he really tell the type of English or what was really said to him. They came from behind, how could he tell who it was. There is a certain group that teaches their followers to speak English to confuse the victim and that’ll place the blame on foreigners. But comments actually stating”I know a certain group” etc. is horrible and racist. JT I am disappointed with you for printing this story and leaving the content as cryptic as you have. Foreign Men be careful this summer and sorry if this offends anyone, but BLACK MEN , mind your surroundings this summer, we’re headed down a slippery slope, especially with some of these comments.
I don't believe there are many Japanese with English speaking skills and those who can communicate are probably making enough so they don't have to commit such a crime. Sounds like foreigners but might also be Japanese.
Did the driver understand English? Not many people here do. How would he know they were demanding money? Did the driver get out of this car? If so, why? He would've been safer inside. The two men could've been trying to carjack him and he just gave them money hoping they would leave. Now, he's stabbed and down Y10,000. I would've drove off.
The driver must've got a look at them. They might've been speaking English but we have no description what-so-ever!