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Man stabbed on platform at Shibuya subway station

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A man in his 50s was stabbed in the back after an apparent argument with another commuter at Shibuya station on Monday night.

Police said the stabbing took place at around 6:15 p.m. Witnesses said two men were arguing as they came down an escalator toward the platform at the Fukutoshin subway line, TV Asahi reported. One of the men then stabbed the other in the back and fled, witnesses were quoted as saying.

The subway service was halted for about two hours affecting 26,000 passengers while police sealed off the area. However, the assailant escaped. He is described as being in his 30s and 165 centimeters tall, TV Asahi reported.

The victim remains in a serious condition in hospital, police were quoted as saying.

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They'll never catch him.

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

Won't need to, he'll turn himself in.

11 ( +11 / -2 )

Sounds like the assailant had gone out to kill... why else would he be carrying a blade?

2 ( +8 / -6 )

The attacker was carrying a knife... why would you carry one? A butcher or fishmonger? Possibly. If not then the only reason to carry a knife in a relatively safe country is to attack someone.

Or was he carrying a metal model of Tokyo Tower, had an argument with the other man, who slipped and fell backwards onto the tower model. The owner of the model, so scared of this ran off.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

Why did they stop the trains for 2 hours? seal off the area, not entire subway line... cops are dweebs in this country....

3 ( +8 / -5 )

best just to move on and not spend hours speculating as to motives or outcomes

Haha, but didn't you know? No one here spends hours doing anything, its aways just a quick self righteous remark... It's ironic cause this is exactly that :)

1 ( +2 / -1 )

The back-stabber is a coward. Pretty sure he'll be identified and captured in due time. No one snapped a photo? Security cams have surely recorded his escape. What's shocking is this person wasn't tackled. No, not really shocking.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Whenever these stabbings occur, the first question I have is 'Why on earth are they carrying knives in the first place?'.

2 ( +2 / -2 )

Chances are one guy bumped into the other and didn't say "sumimasen" to the other's satisfaction, or commented on him talking too loudly on a cell phone.

I have zero doubt that IF they catch the guy it will be yet another lame reason like it always is here. The only question is why the guy had the knife to begin with.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

Many are assuming he was carrying a knife. The article doesn't say what he was stabbed with. It could have been a spoon or a Parker IM Ballpoint.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Many are assuming he was carrying a knife. The article doesn't say what he was stabbed with. It could have been a spoon or a Parker IM Ballpoint.

Absolutely! Could also have been a chopstick hurriedly extracted from his bento box. Don`t think it was the Parker though...if so, the article would have said he had been "parkered" and not stabbed.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

I'm sticking with my suggestion that he was carrying a metal model of Toyko Tower >.^

-2 ( +1 / -4 )

What the heck is wrong with some people?

3 ( +2 / -0 )

What the heck is wrong with some people?

Who? The stabber or the posters commenting here?

4 ( +5 / -2 )

Yep! Watch your backs people, literally! Challenging a Japanese person is a game of Russian Roulette. You never know which one has a round in the chamber. Or, which one has bats in the belfry! - Statistically, it is one in three.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Don't they have security cameras all over the place? How hard can it be to get several photos of this man??

1 ( +1 / -0 )

The assailant was a troublemaker to begin with which is why he was carrying a concealed weapon. He is likely the type of person down on life and always getting into fights. He found his opportunity to use it and release his anger, sad dude. Just goes to show you, never turn your back on your opponent.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Amigos Shibuya can be bad but don't forget Shinjuku and Takadanobaba also have plenty of freaks that are just walking time bombs!

0 ( +2 / -2 )

according to witnesses, he was stabbed with a 30-40 cm blade. punks (chinpira, yakuza wannabes) usually carry concealed blades, that's why my wife always cautions me not to get into fights with these scum. Tokyo is quite peaceful, but if you go to Kyushu, things are much rougher. hope the guy makes it, the morning news said he is in serious condition, but not life-threatening

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Timeon, I think you have a good wife, better to avoid trouble if at all possible.

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Tokyo is quite peaceful, but if you go to Kyushu, things are much rougher. hope the guy makes it, the morning news said he is in serious condition, but not life-threatening

Or is it that people in Kyushu just don't put up with the BS they see everyday here? Guys taking up seats for their bag, people standing in the middle of the escalator, people stopping right before the ticket gate to look for their tickets... I wish people were a little more rougher so this kind of stupid and selfish behaviour would end.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Bizarre.

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