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Man injures 3 junior high school children with bamboo sword

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Police in Hidaka, Saitama Prefecture, have arrested a 37-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of assault and trespassing after he entered the grounds of a junior high school and injured three students with a bamboo sword.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Takane Junior High School. Kyodo News reported that the suspect, Norihito Kurihara, entered the school’s premises and attacked some children at random with a 120-cm-long bamboo sword near the main gate. Two boys and one girl sustained head injuries before school officials, including a judo teacher, were able to subdue Kurihara.

Police said Kurihara has been rambling incomprehensibly since his arrest and has given no motive for his actions.

The main gate is usually closed during school hours but was open because the children were returning home, the principal said.

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Very fortunate that the bamboo sword was the most dangerous weapon the man could get.

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Sad! Luckily no one really injured! Give the poor bloke some decent mental care!

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Well done teachers.

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Rambling!?

What else did the police say? was he high? or drunk?

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Norihito Kurihara should be in a hospital for a long stay : a mental hospital.

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Good on the teachers for getting in there and subduing this fellow before he could do more damage, maybe not knowing if he had a more dangerous weapon on him. Not everyone could take action in this kind of situation, no matter what they'd like to believe of themselves (I know I'd probably panic and freeze or act too slow).

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Well done for the school officials, especially the Judo teacher..

Very fortunate that the bamboo sword was the most dangerous weapon the man could get.

That is what makes Japan safer than any western country..

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TokyoLivingToday  04:30 am JST

Well done for the school officials, especially the Judo teacher..

For sure. Was this loony ripped on too much red red wine or what??

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 Two boys and one girl sustained head injuries before school officials, including a judo teacher, were able to subdue Kurihara.

Judo vs Kendo! Judo saves the day!

That is what makes Japan safer than any western country..

any proof of that? I mean we just had an ex PM shot dead a few months ago. Or did you not get the memo?

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Good on the teachers who saved the day. I've done sparring with bamboo swords and they sting! It would be very different if the assailant had a bokuto since it's solid oak and the infamous miyamoto musashi used it to defeat sasaki kojiro. I remember that some schools and buildings have sasumata, a restraining device that looks like a polearm with a curve on the end to pin down and restrain someone. That judo teacher should be praised for his actions, that's what martials arts are for.

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I just hope the judo teacher left this fool with some painful memories!

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@ Lamilly above. A wooden gun then?

Actually it was not a wooden sword 木刀, luckily, but a lighter, flexible and safer split-and-bound bamboo Shinai 竹刀. Stupid to use on innocent kids all the same.

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Obviously a troubled man. Hopefully he can get the right help so he won't do this again.

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@nandaka

The article says bamboo sword and not a kendo shinai.

How do you know it was a shinai ?

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@Awa, I checked it out in J news sources.

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Although it looks like ‘bamboo sword’, it says ‘Shinai’.

https://news.tv-asahi.co.jp/news_society/articles/000272488.html

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Lamilly - Just lucky it was a wooden sword. Imagine if it was a gun

Or just an actual sword.

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@nandaka

Wakarimashita.

That makes sense .

Thankyou.

Just a translation ar issue as i suspected

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Was the most dangerous weapon the man could get

Actually it would have been very easy for the man to obtain a much more lethal weapon like a kitchen knife or a gardening tool or metal bar !

To me- it seems the man wanted attention more than to inflict lethal harm .

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