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Man stabbed on subway in Tokyo

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A man was stabbed in the left thigh while he was riding the subway in Tokyo on Monday.

According to police, the man was stabbed during rush hour sometime between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m. on the Tozai line, Sankei Shimbun reported. When the train arrived at Minami-sunamachi Station, the man, who is in his 40s, felt a pain in his left thigh and noticed blood coming through his pants.

The man asked station staff to call police. He was taken to hospital but his injury is not life threatening, police said.

Police are examining station platform surveillance camera footage to try and see who got out of the car the man was in when the train arrived at the station.

Tokyo Metro Co, which operates the Tozai line, is planning to install security cameras on all train cars, Kyodo reported. JR East has already begun putting security cameras on all its trains to enhance security. Other rail operators are expected to follow suit.

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That's a blatant over-simplification Joe Yan. You have dismissed the plethora of other crimes that are common place here but not in other, developed, countries.

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oldman_13May 22  08:18 am JST

Again and again, these violent acts are almost a daily occurrence in Japan these days.

In a country with 120million people, one man getting stabbed makes the news I say is a good sign. This country is so safe that a random, non life threatening, stabbing incident is makes it on the news.

I guarantee that a double homicide in Los Angeles would not even be mentioned in NYC media because it happens so often.

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I guess we are all glad Japan has no guns. Assuming this was an intentional act and not an accident of some kind.

why be glad if there was a possible physical attack, just because one inanimate object was used instead of another?

bringing up guns is irrelevant here.

why not mention how many could have died if sarin gas was used?

no political points to be gained by mentioning using sarin, which would be illegal, so instead focus on using a gun, which would also be illegal...neither of which had anything to do with this story.

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Was he so docile as to not notice that he had been stabbed in the leg? Or was the injury just not that serious? 

I think sometimes the translations are misleading. Probably he was slashed rather than stabbed. A sharp razor knife might not be felt right away. The pain comes after some minutes.

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I guess we are all glad Japan has no guns. Assuming this was an intentional act and not an accident of some kind.

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I commute early, get home early. I feel no stress for my working environment here. Certainly not enough to lash out at fellow passengers on the train.

Of course spending my twilight years tending to my vegetable garden in the inaka would be much more relaxing. But at this stage of my life i prefer to have the countless options for what to do in my free time, which living in Tokyo provides.

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Although admittedly, commuting by bicycle now instead of the train spares me a lot of stress.

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The stress that people feel in Tokyo is almost unreal!

Really? I ain't stressed!

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@kurisupisu: I totally agree with you, but I am still here. The dam will break one of these days. My company has flextime, and work from home 1 day a week is okay, so that ameliorates the situation.

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The stress that people feel in Tokyo is almost unreal!

I would never never work and live in Tokyo…

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It would not surprise me if he was stabbed by a woman who has been touched up before and routinely carries a pin or some similar object to use on anyone she feels is acting inappropriately. Better to hope for that scenario than the one where we have a loon on the loose with a fetish for stabbing random commuters.

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Stabbed or accidentally poked by something sharp? 

That's exactly what I was thinking.

Overcrowding on the trains is a result of businesses sticking to manufacturing industry style HR policies like strict start times. Any company that doesn't have a production line should have flex time. Most customer facing roles should have staggered start and finish times, as well, instead of everyone having to work overtime.

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Leave the bubble of Tokyo and enjoy life.

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Again and again, these violent acts are almost a daily occurrence in Japan these days.

it's as though japanese people are actually human or something...

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Stabbed or accidentally poked by something sharp? While we can only speculate, if he didn't feel the stab it must've been something extremely sharp. There was a case like this before with a cook having his wrapped knife in his bag that accidentally stack out and cut someone. Sounds far fetched perhaps but in a crowded train it's not impossible.

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Yeah, the Tozai is a shocker between 7 and 10am and it's not just the crowds. There are many bad-mannered and aggressive people using that line. I guess the stress of being in a packed train every morning for thirty years gets to some people. I used to use it from Nishi-Funabashi to Ginza.

I'm totally in favor of cameras in trains although, during the rush hours it would be very difficult tp pinpoint any one person in a sea of black heads. Hopefully, this loon is caught before he strikes again.

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Was he so docile as to not notice that he had been stabbed in the leg? Or was the injury just not that serious? Confused.

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Please! Put cameras everywhere!!

In the cars, on the roofs, on the walls...even put them on the floor if you must. I'd feel a lot better about it.

I'm absolutely terrified of being falsely accused of something.

But then...the cynic in me thinks if I were...I'd still get done!

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Yeah more cameras, more safety! Next let's ask everybody to have their phone camera on at all time! Just forget about freedom... It seems people are more than ready to let big bro in.

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Finally, security cameras...

But on another note, the tozai line is one of, if not the most crowded train lines in Japan (its a dead heat with the sobu line apparently). That time slot is also the peak rush when everyone is stressing to get to work on time for that 9am deadline (9:01 is considered a half-day leave for being late). It doesnt surprise me that there are some seriously stressed people on that train.

For those who have to ride the trains around that time, I can highly recommend going to bed an hour earlier, waking up an hour earlier, and getting to your work station well before the start of your day. Have a coffee in a nearby cafe, or just get a headstart on your workday. The trains are less crowded, and the people catching the trains are much less stressed!

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Again and again, these violent acts are almost a daily occurrence in Japan these days.

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