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Man stabbed after argument with passenger on train in Osaka

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A 34-year-old man was stabbed by another man he had been arguing with on a train in Osaka on Wednesday morning.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 7 a.m. at Taisho Station on the JR Kanjo Line. Fuji TV reported that the victim had apparently been arguing on the train with an older man, said to be in his late 40s or early 50s. When the train stopped at the station, they both got off and continued arguing on the platform, station surveillance camera footage showed.

Police said that as they were ascending the stairs toward the exit, the older man stabbed the victim in the stomach and then fled amid the rush hour crowd.

The victim was taken to hospital but his injury is not life-threatening, police said.

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Be careful people! Many of these commuters are on edge and many of them carry knives. I’m an everyday peak hour traveller and see many altercations. I saw one yesterday where a man in his 40-50’s started hitting and elbowing a young woman in front of him because he didn’t like the way she pushed in front of him getting off the crowded train. Many Japanese people are emotional time bombs. Be careful people!

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I'm starting to read a lot of "stabbing victim" stories now a days, how many people are walking around Japan with knives?

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Summer hasn't even started yet. I think more and more people are becoming crazy, I too see more and more altercations lately. Gotta be careful.

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The idea that someone who got up late and is running to work has the right to push or elbow me to get on the train somehow does not sit right. The problem is much more acute in the morning rush. Generally going home on my line is crowded but people are in less of a rush. Anyone thinks Japanese are polite does not commute into Tokyo.

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@Reckless - Anyone thinks Japanese are polite does not commute into Tokyo.

During peak hours of course. Generally, people in the off peak times are very considerate and calm. However, the gloves come off in peak hours and it becomes a free for all game of push and shove survival.

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@Disillusioned, totally agree. I will visit NY soon and see if people feel entitled to push and elbow other passengers to get to work. Will let you know.

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The idea that someone who got up late and is running to work has the right to push or elbow me to get on the train somehow does not sit right. The problem is much more acute in the morning rush. Generally going home on my line is crowded but people are in less of a rush. Anyone thinks Japanese are polite does not commute into Tokyo.

I've done plenty of commuting in Tokyo. There are a few bad apples, but for the most part, the Japanese are very polite.

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Hope the victim isn't too traumatised. I hate knives but at least you can try and run away from them. Dread to think if malcontents ever started bringing guns on trains.

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@Strangerland - I agree fully.

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The victim has ended up taking a one-two punch presumably having to shoulder the cost of medical care -- for the time being? I'm not quite sure. Nevertheless, it's a little comfort that he wasn't fatally injured. Hope he'll make a full recovery soon.

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The guy just happened to be carrying a knife in rush hour traffic? Japanese commuters are put through utter hell to get to a job that works them to death in some cases, with little to no thanks, then to return home in the same conditions to a family situation that might be just as stressful or worse. It's little wonder so many here snap. Be careful, people. THey should be able to catch the guy if they'Ve got him on camera -- I doubt his day to day commute varies at all. Put a couple of pics of him up and ask people to help. Then lock the guy up and ask him if he feels prison is a lot better.

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The masses are dissemblers par excellence but at tremendous psychic cost and it pays to remember when in Rome, to be on one’s guard at all times, eternally vigilant and mindful that it takes very little for someone already on a hair trigger to explode in a paroxysm of repressed rage because of some perceived affront to their dignity or manhood.

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The number of times people squeeze past and elbow their way to seats (in Japan) is not polite, is it?

Getting off the plane today I let a number of people go y before I stepped out into the aisle - a young lady wasn't quick enough to stop, hit me and bounced off me almost falling into the opposite row.

Sometimes it pays to be big and fat.....

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Every commentor so far has assumed that this is simply a case of commuter rage. Doesn't the fact that one of the arguing guys was carrying a knife suggest other possibilities?

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There are an abundance of people in this country who feel it is their right to walk or ride their bike while doing 1 or 2 other tasks which they feel are equally if not more important that actually paying attention to the primary task - walking or riding their bike. Is it any wonder that someone late for work (or any other excuse) feels they can push, shove and elbow their way into/outta a train, bus, building, etc?

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