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Man stabbed while walking home in Hyogo

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A 53-year-old man was stabbed in the back and stomach as he walked home early Monday in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture.

According to police, the attack occurred at around 3:30 a.m. The victim, Shinji Inamoto, had gone out to buy cigarettes at a convenience store. On his way back, he was suddenly attacked from behind, Sankei reported. Inamoto suffered three wounds to his back and stomach.

He managed to make it back home and his family called 119. Police said Inamoto was taken to hospital where he remained in a stable condition Monday.

The attacker was described as being about 180 cms tall and was wearing all black. The knife usedin the attack was found nearby, police said.

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So many people getting the sharp end of things at the moment... and what was he stabbed for? The article doesn't say that this 180cm tall person took money or the cigarettes he bought, so another crazy wandering around wondering what it feels like to stab someone? No doubt if the police find him, he'll admit to having been drunk at the time and not remembering anything about it.

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There have been quite a few insidents in Hyogo recently. What's going on over there?

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See, smoking can kill you.

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who the hell is out at 330 am?

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who the hell is out at 330 am?

I'm with you, it's his fault for being out at such an insane hour.

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who the hell is out at 330 am?

In a "safe" country like japan, there is no fault walking down the street (at any hr) for pack of smokes or whatever else you want to purchase from you local conbini.

Let's hope the cops pluck this nut off the streets. I certainly won't be worried walking home on dark streets from my local pub at 3 am.

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In a "safe" country one wouldn't get stabbed at 3:30 for buying smokes...

And I'm guessing you wouldn't be worried because you are male. Why not ask some of the female readers how they would feel walking home alone at 3:00. I used to do it but certainly wouldn't now.

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In a "safe" country one wouldn't get stabbed at 3:30 for buying smokes...

So to be safe, a country has to be 100% free of all attacks at any time anywhere?

Please let me know where this utopia is, since I don't believe it exists in reality.

who the hell is out at 330 am?

Someone who is up late and needs smokes.

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@tmarie. You're right. I wouldn't ask female readers that question. I just think that a 53 yr old man shouldn't be criticized for being out at that hour.

The nutcases prowling japanese communities with sharp knives, on the other hand, are the problem.

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My Crystal ball says, an unemployed 35 year old manga fan who lives at home was quoted as saying "i just wanted to know how it feels to kills someone"

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Please let me know where this utopia is, since I don't believe it exists in reality.

I don't believe once exists. Countries can be safer than others but I don't think there is such things as a "safe" country and Japan certainly isn't the safest.

Wc626, I agree. I see nothing wrong with anyone who is an adult being out at whatever time.

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I don't believe once exists. Countries can be safer than others but I don't think there is such things as a "safe" country

Ok, this is fair enough. Obviously our definition differs. I consider a country where you can walk outside at 3:30 am and almost definitely not run into any troubles safe, you don't. We are both in our rights to have our own opinion on the matter.

and Japan certainly isn't the safest.

It's way, way up there. But I'm curious, which countries are safer? Let's get some numbers and compare them to other not so safe countries to see where Japan actually stands in the rankings.

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This is obviously just another summer nut patrolling the streets looking for a victim because he wants to know what it feels like to kill someone. They come out every summer. There's been four or five random stabbings this month already although, this one is a little unusual because the victims are usually children, women or the elderly. The victim in this case may have been an unassuming small guy, thus making him an easy target for the cowardly perp.

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It's way, way up there. But I'm curious, which countries are safer? Let's get some numbers and compare them to other not so safe countries to see where Japan actually stands in the rankings

For men it might be way, way up there. I'm not going to comparing rankings when so much crime here goes unreoprted or ignored. You think every woman who has been felt up on a train goes to the local koban to file a report? Wasn't Osaka JUST taken to task a few months ago for altering their crime stats? Sorry but when you have a country that feels "women only" cars are needed on trains, you don' get to pat yourself on the back and claim that you are a "safety" country. I don't trust the stats nor rankings for Japan at all.

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For men it might be way, way up there.

For women it is as well. Go out at 3am in Tokyo, and see how many women you see walking the streets. Thousands. Every single night of every day of the year. Which other big cities in the world do you see this in? Do you think all of these women are getting raped/attacked every night?

Sorry but when you have a country that feels "women only" cars are needed on trains, you don' get to pat yourself on the back and claim that you are a "safety" country.

When you live in a country with a very low crime/violence rate, you get to think of yourself as a safe country. Now which country would that be... hmm...

And you didn't answer the question as to which country(-ies) are safer. I'm still waiting for that.

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Words cannot describe how sickening, horrifying, disturbing and scary this is. This could have happened to anyone! My heart goes out to the victim and his family. I hope the victim makes a complete recovery. Let’s also hope the Officers of the Law catch this evil, depraved sicko immediately so this does not happen again.

What on earth is it with these random stabbings especially in a safe country like Japan??!! Do residents and tourists need to be concerned (perhaps start carrying pepper spray or bear spray everywhere they go)?

This reminds me of an incident in the Saitama Prefecture back in October 2014 when a university stabbed a woman to death because he “wanted to kill anyone” and another incident in March 2015 when a woman in Chofu, Tokyo was stabbed to death by an attacker after walking home from shopping. Further this also reminds me of the stabbing massacre in Akihabara Tokyo in June 2008. I understand other incidents similar to this have occurred in Japan. Any kind of violence like this is disturbing, but it is especially disturbing that this kind of violence is happening to innocent individuals who are minding their own business. **THESE EVIL ACTS NEED TO STOP! Those evil things who commit these heinous acts should receive the harshest punishment possible (including being caned) and not be able to walk the streets for eternity whether it is a life sentence with no parole or an execution.

Japan is probably one of the best if not the best country in the world which has something to offer everyone (tourist or resident) all the way from Naha, Okinawa to Wakkanai, Hokkaido. I understand Japan is famous for personal safety whether one is in a large city such as Tokyo or a small rural town in the Hokkaido Prefecture. What’s more, I thought Japan is supposed to be one of the safest countries if not the safest in the world where violent crime is nonexistent and anyone regardless of age and gender can walk around and not worry about being attacked and live happily ever after (close to a Utopia). Additionally, I understand Japan has Koubans scattered around to ensure optimal safety, strict gun laws and a culture where if one commits a crime, shame is brought to the entire family. That being said crime especially violent crime should be nonexistent. Just what is going on in Japan??!!

It looks like nowhere in the world is safe except maybe Singapore.

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**THESE EVIL ACTS NEED TO STOP

I hate to be the one to break this to you, but the human race will never eradicate these actions. There will always be a 'broken' subset of humanity, who will ignore the risk of punishment to satisfy their own messed up desires. The best thing we can do is mitigate the risk as much as possible.

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Remember they never got the perp who murdered that young kid in Kobe either..same MO..random stabbing.Just down the road from Kobe.I used to call Nishinomiya my home so this is very scary.Glad the guy is OK.

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@Darren Brannan

Remember they never got the perp who murdered that young kid in Kobe either

I think you're wrong on that?

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But I'm curious, which countries are safer?

Iceland for one.

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3:30 am at this time of year is early morning time, and not in the middle of the night because the sun rises at 4 am. He was out at the crack of dawn in Japan.

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Until several years ago, I felt relatively-safe when I went out a convenience store in the late-evening or in the wee hours of the morning. But these days, that's not the case anymore.

Hope the 53-year-old man will get back on his feet soon.

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no, Zichi the reward for info on the man who stabbed that 16 year old boy in sannomiya is still on the police webpage.

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