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Man indicted over umbrella assault that left victim without sight in one eye

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Police in Tokyo have indicted a 47-year-old man who poked another man in the eye with an umbrella causing the victim to lose his sight in one eye.

Takuo Arakawa, a company employee and resident of Minato Ward, has been charged with involuntarily causing bodily injury to a 53-year-old man outside JR Meguro Station at around 8:40 p.m. on July 4.  Police quoted him as saying he “might have poked the victim in the eye” with the tip of his umbrella during an argument after they bumped into each other at a taxi stand.

The man who was struck by the umbrella was taken to hospital but doctors were unable to save the sight in his right eye.

Arakawa was identified through street surveillance camera footage and was initially arrested on suspicion of attempted murder on July 21. He was indicted in Friday, police said.

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Involuntary? I wonder what the max sentence could be? Throw the book at this guy and hit him in the head.

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What a nasty little society Japan is becoming.

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indicted a 47-year-old man who poked another man in the eye with an umbrella causing the victim to lose his sight in one eye.

I'm sorry for the victim to lost his eyesight just over an argument

arrested on suspicion of attempted murder 

but charging that suspect for this, just way too much.

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but charging that suspect for this, just way too much.

Really? And if he had pushed the umbrella further into his head through the eye and literally killed the guy, what would you say then?

This guy should be forced to pay some SERIOUS compensation as well as jail time! Assaulting someone and causing them to lose eyesight in one eye is no small matter!

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When this sort of thing happens, is the victim expected to pay out of pocket for all the medical treatment, loss of work, etc?

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What a nasty little society Japan is becoming.

Japanese people dont react well during heat or rain, Ive noticed this. Its the best time to go out, because its less crowded. They boil over on the trains, and their skin is hyper sensitive to sunlight or UV. They seem to really like the cold, however.

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It's anecdotal I admit but it happens to me every day in Tokyo that Japanese people cut in in front of me all the time around train stations and other crowded, busy places. Foreigners (who look non Asian I mean) don't do that at all to me. Japanese people just have this nasty habit to be a jerk in every possible way on the street. And even my Japanese friends tend to complain about the Japanese walking habit. I wonder how is it in other Japanese cities?

I guess two of these jerks met each other accidentally and they got into an argument.

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@fogetti: I totally agree. Even on a wide sidewalk I try to give way to one side but particularly Japanese men will still try to walk into me or block me if there is a group. However, I do not feel this outside of Tokyo. My Korean friend feels the same way and she thinks it is because Tokyo is so crowded people get into the habit of fighting for every inch. Even in stores if I stop to use my phone often people walk to look at exactly what is in front of me as if they are jealous of my space.

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maybe my experiences are special but I have had both men, and women, rib me with their elbow, when walking past me in the eki, and one guy even punched me in the chest. Sometimes I check it other times let it go, depends on the day. I know why they do it, its to take out their frustration on somebody different than them, they would not do it , or at least be more careful, with each other.

Japan is not a nation of sweethearts, thats for sure.

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It wasn't involutary, he attacked and blinded someone. Throw the book at him.

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If you watch carefully, even those not glued to the screens on their keitai, do not really look where they are going. At least 1 in 3 are looking at the ground about 2 meters in front. Its the worst place to walk. So slow and adjusting for “zombies” not paying attention.

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the ones who "assaulted" me werent the zombie types, I know that type as well. A good "Hey!" snaps them out of zombie land and gets their attention.

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@Sakurasuki, If someone poked out your daughters or sons eye out and left them blind, would you be happy just to dismiss this action, or would you want the police to prosecute the perpetrator?

loosing this guys sight has seriously limited him in his work, this action has left him with a permanent disability for the rest of his life, its not a scratch or light cut that you can get over, and this is just because he bumped into Mr Angry. well I am sorry, but Mr Angry will have to be prosecuted and punished for his reckless actions.

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What a nasty little society Japan is becoming.

Based on what? I really hope it's not based on reading some stories on the news, and there's some actual data behind that declaration.

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Japanese people dont react well during heat or rain, Ive noticed this. Its the best time to go out, because its less crowded. They boil over on the trains, and their skin is hyper sensitive to sunlight or UV. They seem to really like the 

Lets hope that it is cool and dry during next years Olympics.

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Unbelievably good news that they caught the guy, and that he admits his own umbrella could have caused the wound. Horrible incident. Hoping he gets some serious reflection time.

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Notice the ages as well. That age bracket to which I belong as well includes men and women in the most stressful time of life pulled by child expenses, aging parents and job insecurity. Doesn't take much to make them snap.

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I have not seen any surveillance footage and I cannot find any. However, my experience of stories in Japan suggests that the one who caused the most damage is nearly always found to be at fault. Thus, even if the blinded man attacked first and viciously. even with a weapon, but did little or no damage, but got stabbed in the eye by the other guy's umbrella, even just because it was raised as the guy was lifting his arms to protect himself, the defending man with umbrella would get the lion's share of blame....and the police would never tell the defending man's story and neither would the press.

All I can tell you is many things are possible, we never get all the facts, and attempted murder charges are often a matter of attempted mind reading. Its not like this guy was carrying his umbrella planning a murder a spree with it.

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They seem to really like the cold, however.\

I don't think that....notice how the trains are practically boiling in winter.

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in Japan suggests that the one who caused the most damage is nearly always found to be at fault. 

Yes never hit somebody with a closed fist.

Actually this kind of mess goes on here everyday. Just take a ride on the tokaido line, say around Wed or Thur.. 5 6 7 am or 8 9 10 pm....nice hot summer day. Enjoy the show. Try not to be on the receiving end of it.

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I actually know this individual - Arakawa, and am not surprised that he lost his Temper.

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@Willow - well, that's what Prison's are for... Protecting the Public from people who are Dangerous to the Public.

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Well, ... what Prisons should be used for...

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Some Countries use "Correctional" institutions to mean "Brain washing"...

In an ideal World, the Judicial system would be applicable cross-borders, and enforceable globally .....

It's not there yet....

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