Man fakes attempted murder of himself after ‘feeling exhausted from work’


Police in Toyonaka, Osaka Prefecture, have arrested a 50-year-old man who claimed he was stabbed by a stranger on Dec 20, but who actually stabbed himself to make it look like someone tried to kill him.

According to police, the man, who is a company employee, claimed that he was walking along the street at around 1:20 a.m. on Dec 20, Kyodo News reported. He called police and said he had been stabbed in the back. 

However, street surveillance camera footage from the crime scene did not show anyone approach the man.

The man, who is currently in hospital, was questioned by police on Monday and confessed that he had stabbed himself. He told police he put a knife against a wall and leaned forcefully back on it. He was quoted by police as saying he was exhausted from working.

Police said that once the man has recovered from his self-inflicted wound, he will be charged with interfering with police in the performance of their duties.

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Now he is into a lot of trouble without need by making up a horrible excuse. Then again at least he did not hurt anybody else using stress and exhaustion as a reason.

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The man has psychological issues.

Charging him would likely make situation worse.

What about his employer ?

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Yes, at least he didnt throw himself under train and affect thousands of commuters. But it's sad it had to happen. Poor guy.

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Hmm, he should have told the cops it was a suicide attempt. At least that isn’t technically interfering with police duties. Probably would have gotten more sympathy and a nice severance package from his company to boot.

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Although his scheme was pathetic, it's also the case that many of us are, in fact, exhausted. There's not really an easy way to get off the treadmill with dignity in tact.

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He shouldn’t be charged of anything. It sounds like life is giving him more than enough punishment. Or it would be the world’s first to charge someone of attempyed murder of himself.

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How desperate was this man for a break that he literally stabbed himself in the back? Seriously, employees in Japan need to learn to stand up for themselves and their mental health.

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but wait… seems a bit of a dubious charge because hey, were the cops doing anything anyway?

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The poor chap needs urgent mental health assessment and treatment. Charges are luscious for someone who felt the need to construct such a bizarre tale. How queer must he have felt to behave in such a manner?

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He did not succeed of course! Which proved his quirkily, creeky but optimistic sense of humour!

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Imagine just how someone might think its easier to stab or even kill yourself than to quit a job you hate.

If the man is in his 50s odds are he has been working for many years at the same company so even harder to just quit and find another job.

Still another story that can baffle any non-resident Westerner.

Once again it gets me thinking how the park benches are so clean, the lawns are so green and well maintained, but these along with pretty much anything else are just for looks, definitely not intended to be actually used and enjoyed by the people.

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Just quit the job, lol..

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Poor chap. This is not a sign of mental illness but of desperation. And not well planned. Most sub/urban parts of Japan are covered by CCTV. Hopefully he didn't damage any important bits of his anatomy.

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interfering with police in the performance of their duties?

charging him is itself police interfering with police in the performance of their duties. What a waist of time. Get him some help. Send him on holiday. He only hurt himself out of desperation. As for quitting his job, if you have actually lived worked in Japan you should know quitting is unthinkable you loose your only social network and getting another job not so easy as you quite your last job so you are seen as unreliable.

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Hahaha so lame. Must be so proud to toe the line ...

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This is just sad. Poor dude. That office life is a killer. An act of pure defeated desperation.

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Probably a cry for help and maybe the police could just give him some advice and help, instead of adding more stress into his life. This is a warning sign.imho,

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