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Man stabbed at sushi restaurant in Miyagi

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Police in Osaki, Miyagi Prefecture, said Tuesday they are looking for a man who stabbed a customer at a sushi restaurant.

According to police, the attack occurred at about 7 p.m. TBS quoted witnesses as saying the victim was sitting at the counter with an acquaintance when he was suddenly stabbed in his right side by a man who suddenly came into the restaurant. The assailant fled right after the stabbing.

The victim, a 45-year-old-man who lives in Kamimachi-cho in Miyagi, was taken to hospital where he is in a stable condition, police said.

The assailant was described as being about 30-35 years old and was wearing blue coveralls.

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With all these random stabbings I feel very unsafe here in Japan. It is not even summer yet.

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I live in Kyoto and i dont think i can feel any safer.

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I feel very safe here. In LA, we were afraid to be out after dark.

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With all these random stabbings I feel very unsafe here in Japan.

Don't think this was random. See acquaintance.

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Might want to read the article again Mike, doesn't seem that it was anything to do with the acquaintance who just happened to be sitting next to the victim. As to whether it was random or not remains to be seen. The words "ex-gangster" have not been used (yet) so maybe it was random, who knows.

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Okinawamike: The guy was sitting with an acquaintance when he was stabbed. I'm pretty sure if it were the victim's acquaintance he'd be able to describe him a little better.

Anyway, random stabbing of the day report is in, and it's only 8 a.m.!

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I feel very safe here.

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You shouldn't let your guard down but some stabbing incidents that resulted in a a few days/weeks of hospital stay with no life threatening injuries doesn't seem so bad to me

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I noticed most of the restos and establishment here in JP are installed with security cameras.. This one here doesn't have one, and also some those old shops around. I think it should be required for most public places like this one to atleast act as deterent and also evidence for crimes like this.

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Hide: "You shouldn't let your guard down but some stabbing incidents that resulted in a a few days/weeks of hospital stay with no life threatening injuries doesn't seem so bad to me"

Really?? I know some people are desperate for some time off, but being stabbed is no vacation. And the injuries you incur may not be 'life threatening' that day but I'm pretty sure they don't find you well, and likely mean a shorter life span in total.

Anyway, it's becoming more and more a society in which you have to sit your back to a wall or always be looking over your shoulder. The stabbing rate for April alone is pretty high, and it's only the morning of the third.

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thanks GOD! here in tokyo crowded but no crimes like that.

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The acquaintance in the article was not described as male or female so I'm taking a guess that if it was a female, some connection may be there. Random, I doubt it.

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the elderly are dying alone at home, the young are apathetic about the future, and the men and women that run this society, can but bicker among themselves.. and a man is stabbed at a sushi bar, and it becomes news, with all the wrong reasons, believing that the attacker is a mad man.. which he certainly is. But, who made this mad man.. or rather, did not this society, create the environment for such a person to exist.. and act in such a way. Loneliness, lack of prospects, can drive a person mad.. much like a delinquent left alone at school, wanting attention.. or a person wondering in the mountains.. forgetting the sensibilities of the world.

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Jack: "The acquaintance in the article was not described as male or female so I'm taking a guess that if it was a female, some connection may be there. Random, I doubt it."

Sweet lord, READ THE ARTICLE. It wasn't the acquaintance that stabbed him, and the gender of the acquaintance does not matter unless, and let me quote the article for you, (sic) "...when he was suddenly stabbed in his right side by a man who suddenly came into the restaurant" the man who SUDDENLY came into the restaurant was related to the acquaintance at the victim's side. I'm not trying to be rude, but why are you guys all assuming the stabber was the acquaintance when it clearly says he was not?

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@ hidesuzuki - you make it sound like being stabbed is no big deal - like having your  tonsils out and back to normal in two weeks! Make no mistake - it will be a life-changer for these poor victims. Lets just hope the cops can catch the psychos out there, and we dont have to keep reading about these shocking attacks.

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I don't think there was anything random about this attack. He was targeted. However, I don't wanna speculate the reasons.

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As Jack pointed out the acquaintance might have been a girl.

I never said it was the acquaintance who stabbed him. I did READ THE ARTICLE. It might be because of the acquaintance, as in "that's my (fill the blank)" and now I will stab you. Who knows.

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I'm not trying to be rude, but why are you guys all assuming the stabber was the acquaintance when it clearly says he was not?

I'm not trying to be rude, but you are right, I can't read, because I still don't see it stating this.

What I do see is alot of thinga happened "suddenly".

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Sweet lord, READ THE ARTICLE. It wasn't the acquaintance that stabbed him, and the gender of the acquaintance does not matter unless, and let me quote the article for you, (sic) "...when he was suddenly stabbed in his right side by a man who suddenly came into the restaurant" the man who SUDDENLY came into the restaurant was related to the acquaintance at the victim's side. I'm not trying to be rude, but why are you guys all assuming the stabber was the acquaintance when it clearly says he was not?< Smith, I think what people are implying is that if the acquaintance was a woman, then the stabber might be her jealous boyfriend/husband.That would mean it wasn't random.

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Gee wiz if you are sitting in a restaurant and someone comes in and stabs you - I read what is written - it is random. Sheesh

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Okinawamike: "As Jack pointed out the acquaintance might have been a girl."

And the girl can't identify the stabber, if it's a girl, beyond being "30-35 years and wearing blue coveralls"? It doesn't say he was hooded. It doesn't say he had a mask.

So let's see the potential scenarios:

a) a random stabbing -- at least the third this week.

b) A guy and a girl were sitting in a restaurant when an acquaintance she cannot identify suddenly came in knowing full-well where they were and stabbed the man and it was all planned.

Hmmm.... wonder which is more probable to be the case.

David43515: "Smith, I think what people are implying is that if the acquaintance was a woman, then the stabber might be her jealous boyfriend/husband.That would mean it wasn't random."

It would also mean she could identify him.

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Okinawamike: Or wait! Why does it have to be a girl? Maybe it WAS a guy next to him and the two are a homosexual couple, and the guy he was two-timing with came in and stabbed his partner of the moment, and now the two-timer CAN identify the stabber but refuses to because he doesn't want to admit he's gay and it was his boyfriend? Is THAT scenario a little better for you?

Was yesterday's Saitama stabbing maybe a conspiracy as well?

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Disillusioned: "I don't think there was anything random about this attack. He was targeted. However, I don't wanna speculate the reasons."

Pretty crappy stabber then, I'd say.

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Readers, please stop bickering.

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If the stabbings continue people will need to start wearing Kevlar (knife-resistant) clothing or chainmail.

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stabbed at sushi restaurant: check. stabbed at conbini: check. stabbed at random on the street: check. stabbed at home: check. stabbed near station: check. you are safe from knife-weilding crazies in japan nowhere my friends. tread carefully. tune in tomorrow and find out where the next stabbing will take place on japantoday.com

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stabbed in the back: check.

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The assailant was described as being about 30-35 years old and was wearing blue coveralls.

inaka mono?

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Possibly it was ex- employee of that sushi bar and may be he knew that customer.

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25psot: "Possibly it was ex- employee of that sushi bar and may be he knew that customer."

Interesting thought, but then, once again, why wouldn't anyone be able to identify the stabber?

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Osaki shi... Just by Furukawa station. There is so many pachinkos that I call this place casino Japan. No wonder stabbing took place in such a location to me.

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According to Sendai Broadcast, the employee at the restaurant stated that the incident took about 5 seconds and he was wearing a mask. Also, it appears that the victim is a regular there and while he was dining there on the night of March 31st, his car, which was parked outside the restaurant, was vandalized. There appears to have been a previous problem with the assailant and the victim before.

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I really doubt this was random. Little place in the middle of nowhere Miyagi, most likely everybody knows everybody, especially after the big earthquakes, so who knows what these 2 guys had going on, could be a fight over money?? Women? Land? etc..So yup go cover your face with a mask and stab a guy enjoying his sushi, the real manly thing to do?? NOT!

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