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Man, upset over Bowie's death, threatens to commit suicide


Police in Sapporo, Hokkaido, on Tuesday arrested an unemployed 25-year-old man on suspicion of violating the Firearms and Sword Control Law after he threatened to kill himself with a box cutter because he was distraught over the death of British singer David Bowie.

Tomoki Shiota was observed holding the box cutter on a sidewalk in front of a shipping delivery company where he used to work, at around 4:50 p.m. on Monday, Sankei Shimbun reported.

According to police, Shiota was in a state of confusion and was crying and screaming that he wanted to die. A male employee of the delivery company restrained him when he dropped the box cutter. No one was hurt in the incident.

Shiota was quoted by police as saying that "I was so shocked that David Bowie passed away that I wanted to kill myself." He also said that he chose the shipping company because "I thought if I was going to kill myself, it may as well be in front of many people."

Bowie, 69, died of cancer on Sunday. The news of his death was first reported in Japan early on Monday afternoon.

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So, what does he think people can do about it? Bring Bowie back for him?

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I am not insensitive, but thats pathetic, what an attention whore... at 25year old... ffs

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I felt sad that Bowie gotta go but I will not kill myself over this. You still can listen to his songs. Well many dead musicians died this month. Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead frontman)

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Uh... what?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Well at least he knows great music.

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Somehow, I think Bowie's death has very little to do with guy's mental issues.

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There are all sorts of weirdos out there. I once heard of a guy in the States who committed suicide when he learned that the television series: Battlestar Galactica was going to be cancelled.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

More super creep than scary monster

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This is actually "quite" common in Japan. If im not mistaken, a couple of women committed suicide after a very popular male singer/idol passed away a couple of years ago. I reckon we will see quite a few suicides when a member of Arashi passes away in the future.

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This is actually "quite" common in Japan.

Back when X-Japan's Hide committed suicide, a few fans copycatted that suicide.

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

Hello?! Ground control to Major Tom! - there's something wrong.

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this is one seriously mind sick guy and depressed individual, that are way past David Bowie.

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what's this japanese obsession with suicide? at first I thought many people were just depressed and stressed out with their excessive work, but more time you spend here you realize the japanese kill themselves over absolutely ANYTHING, it's part of their self-sacrifice culture

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Police in Sapporo, Hokkaido, on Tuesday arrested an unemployed 25-year-old man on suspicion of violating the Firearms and Sword Control Law after he threatened to kill himself with a box cutter

It seems odd that the police would arrest him for trying to commit suicide. He obviously needs psychological help and should be placed in a mental care facility for some time, but not arrested and presumably jailed.

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All he needed was slap and a "Wake up to yourself" and told to go home.

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I know his feeling

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Just wait until SMAP disintegrates...

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Another one who would be better off living in some islet 8,000 miles from the nearest coast.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

A lad insane

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HA!Great! theeastisred

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

If he was a true Bowie fan, he'd know Bowie wouldn't approve of this and stop these threats.

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I think the more important question is: why is this story news? Someone threatening suicide is now making headlines? Ridiculous. Must be a slow news day.

Sensato: It seems odd that the police would arrest him for trying to commit suicide.

It says he was arrested for illegal use of a sword (box cutter in this case...I'd be interested to see how that gets interpreted in court) - not for simply trying to commit suicide. However, attempted suicide is illegal in many countries. From my knowledge of the laws elsewhere (not Japan, specifically), it has to do with taking up time, manpower, money, and other resources on the part of the police force to deal with these people - not so different from the rationale behind banning fake emergency calls to the police, or filing false police reports, at least from the government's perspective.

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The true (unfortunately so) meaning of the term "fanatic". They pour themselves into something then, when that something is removed, they go to pieces like any building where the foundations are removed. If anything, I suspect that the charge was used more as a way of getting this person away from any possible chance of him carrying out his threat of suicide so that they might have a chance to save whatever is left of him.

And yes, that sort of thing costs, but it's hard to think of things like this in purely mercenary terms. Even the purest capitalist is only human.

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A slightly over-the-top reaction methinks. It's okay to be upset at the death of a much loved star... but to kill yourself?

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Jeez. I've got better things to do than comment on this, so I'm not going to comment.

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Man what kind of messed up people are in this country.. He was great but damn,,,

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He didn't commit suicide. Relax. He was just emotionally distraught and needed to espresso his feelings. Fragile young dude. He'll be 0K. Celebrity culture does this to some people. Bowie never meant anything for me, same age, just another face in the news. Managed by savvy pop agents. But wow his last video Lazarus, you gotta see it. It is quite amazing way to say goodbye. Artistic and with feeling.

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Didn´t know David Bowie had such devoted fans here.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

More super creep than scary monster

Alladin Sane even

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I think David Bowie was avant garde in his time, but I think the most inventive music of today emanates from Japan. I’m an American. If certain female Japanese singers were to die today, I would be profoundly saddened, so I can empathize with the person’s emotions; he’s just not as mentally healthy.

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@ Sensato -

arrested an unemployed 25-year-old man on suspicion of violating the Firearms and Sword Control Law

He was arrested for carrying a bladed weapon

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Moat of the comments on this page betray a mental state not too disimilar in strangeness, so when you poke fun or make half-baked and non-sensical assessments of this poor man (which you probably can't determine as you wouldn't have made them otherwise) realize someone like myself is pittying you as well as this man.

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While killing yourself over the death of a loved celebrity is foolish, I can sympathize with this young man. I remember that I was very distraught over the deaths of Robin Williams and Micheal Jackson, as well as angry over his doctor's treatment of him prior and after his passing.

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Wow, ill man. Hope he gets help.

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I wonder how many will attempt or succeed at suicide if a member of AKB48 were to pass on.

Whatever the number, not nearly enough...

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