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Man shoots woman and her father in Tochigi

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A 30-year-old woman and her 53-year-old father were shot by a man in front of their house in Ashikaga City, Tochigi Prefecture, on Monday night. The woman was shot in the chest and arms and her father suffered wounds to his shoulder, police said Tuesday. Both are in a stable condition.

According to police investigations, Rie Akutsu was suddenly shot by a man in the garage of her house as she arrived home around 6 p.m. Her father, Takayuki Yamada, came out of the house and tried to help his daughter when he, too, was shot by the man who quickly fled. Police said the gun used seems to be a remodeled air gun.

A police official said that Akutsu had reported to police that she had been beaten by her boyfriend and investigators are investigating his involvement in the case. Police have placed the boyfriend, Hatsuo Togasaki, 43, on the nationwide wanted listed for attempted murder.

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I checked the JT page this morning and thought great no murders or senseless violence today... Guess I thought too quick.... Damn optimism.

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Wow......crazy bf.....he did it.....no need to investigate.....not random.

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this little snippet of journalism fails to mention if the poor woman is still alive or not.

Moderator: If she had died, the story would say so.

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Okay, she has a big fight with her boyfriend and he beats the crap out of her. Later, a totally un-related stranger takes pot-shots at her and her father for no apparent reason. Sounds reasonable.

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Is gettin shot in the Tochigi life-threatening??

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Japanese people seem to have a marked propensity for committing random acts of violence or sexual assaults, then running away like cowards. I bet after he shot them, he cut a lock of hair from a random little girl's head and went home and sniffed it in the dark while naked. No doubt when they catch him, we'll get his reasoning: "I was stressed out because of work and I wanted to relieve my stress."

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CaptDingleheimer: You left out the old stand-by "I was drunk".

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I checked the JT page this morning and thought great no murders or senseless violence today... Guess I thought too quick.... Damn optimism.

Dude it's a remodeled air gun... I.E... BB gun... They conveniently leave out details of the injuries.... They were probably released from the hospital already...

More of the same old story about some Japanese guy that felt neglected by his mother so he has to go out and beat up some woman, old man or child...

I tell ya... These guys have got balls the size Bowling balls and mouths louder than a chihuahua, until they realize it's after 8pm, it's dark out and there's no one around to help them...

Then they conveniently cower down....

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lol

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usually a newspaper headlines that says "shoots" implies a gunpowder projectile, unless it clearly says otherwise, which this attention grabbing article doesn't do until the very last. It leaves out the nature of the injuries, which probably aren't all that severe, given the nature of the gun.

Curious, though, how the police reckon it is a remodeled air gun if all they have are the injuries.

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An air gun can still give a nasty wound at close range although, how does one 'remodel' an air gun? They either work or don't. Just another flipped-out loon carrying out a cowardly act on those incapable of retaliating. Let's just they get this knob head before he really hurts somebody.

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"beaten by her boyfriend"... listen, if he beats you... he's not your boyfriend! He's a freak!

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i wonder who the gunmen was maybe an angry ex-boyfriend?

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An air gun can still give a nasty wound at close range although, how does one 'remodel' an air gun?

Some air guns are serious weapons. Napoleon used air gun snipers, and yes, they did kill people. I think it is important to keep that in mind when discussing air guns. They are not just toys.

I have seen remodeled air guns draw blood and break safety goggles. I have no idea what the limit is in terms of how powerful one can be made. But I do know that it does not take much to break the legal limits.

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From Wikipedia:

In Japan, airsoft guns are legal, but may not shoot with a muzzle energy above 0.98 joules. Legal requirements are set on airsoft model manufacturers to prevent any possibility of a replica weapon being converted into an actual firearm. Standards include (but are not limited to) use of low-melting point metals and non-ballistic plastics in structural components and incompatibility of mechanical components with actual firearm components and mechanisms. The overall litmus test used by the Japanese National Police Authority is whether the replica weapon can be made to chamber and fire an actual round of ammunition. These standards have proven successful within Japan, as it has been found that criminal elements discovered that it is significantly easier to purchase an actual illegal weapon in comparison to modifying a comparatively fragile replica into a functional firearm. Due to this reality, most crimes involving a threat of physical violence are often perpetrated with edged weapons, as firearms seen in public are (by default) believed to be toys by the public at large.

I've only been able to play once so far here in Japan, but even at 0.98 joules it can definitely sting and as one poster commented already it can actually break skin, as in leaves a scratch and a bit of a welt. If it truly was a modified airgun that was used then I'd have a hard time believing that the injuries were life-threatening...

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It only takes a bench grinder and a drill to make a Saturday Night Special. As for the power of air guns, we used to hunt birds, squirrels, and rabbits with air guns.

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Shot by a man she said. Could she identify him? There is something else involved in this story, please JT get your guys on the road and search for the truth. It is sort of mixed menu of crime. She was beaten before and this time it went further than last time.

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Well look at the JT crowd assumming again. Its my wifes inlaw yes she can identify the guy. He used to beat the crap out of here all the time. She filed with the local ocha dippers who as usual do nothing. The guy has been stalking her for a while. I dont know the particulars on the gun but she is still in the hospital last I heard.

This is about 40 miles from our house, but the guy is supposed to be from gumma, but gumma also connects to tochigi so it could only be a few miles away too.

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I would also like to comment that about 12 years ago the rules changed on Air guns as they only needed to have the barrles hardend and a firing pin in place to make them a real gun. Even the clips were damn accurate on the automatics and only needed simple changes to accept bullets.

Anybody can make a zip gun and a savy person could get the bullets from the local yak. As well most japanese in the tochigi area can get a firearms permit and purchase a shotgun or rifle for sport hunting. Either of these projectiles can be shot from simple plumbing parts.

Like I said I have no indepth information on the gun involved, but I could fashion somthing up in a half hour that would be deadly just wandering threw the local kanseki.

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Japanese model guns are often propelled by gas. There are many ways to circumvent the laws so the authorities are constantly trying to tighten them up. The legal propellant is 'green gas' or carbon dioxide, I believe, but if you change the gas to a more powerful type (now illegal to do so) or block the pressure release valve you can greatly increase the firepower and shoot pachinko balls. Shattering car windows is no problem, for example. I imagine that this is roughly what the cops in the article are talking about.

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