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Married couple arrested for assaulting 2 employees at train station

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Kanagawa prefectural police have arrested a married couple for allegedly assaulting two staff at JR Kurihama Station in Yokosuka City. 

The suspects identified as Makiko Kimoto, 47, a part-time worker from Yokosuka, and her husband, Toshikazu, 49, a self-employed worker, were arrested on Wednesday, Sankei Shimbun reported. According to police, both have denied the charge, saying they were intoxicated at the time and don’t recall the incident. 

Police said the couple punched a male security guard, 53, and a male station attendant, 61, at around 8:05 p.m. on Monday near the automatic ticket gate at JR Kurihama Station. 

Since the Kimotos were drunk, the security guard urged them to hold their smartphones over the card readers on the ticket gate. The two suddenly raised their voices and got into a scuffle with the two employees of the station.

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@Monozuki, "I don't believe it. As far as I'm concerned, I recall most of things except trivial ones even when I'm drunk."

I agree. I think they were going to cheat the machine and had no intention of paying for 2 fares, when they were stopped and confronted by the station staff.

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I don't understand - if people get somehow assaulted in this country, no one ever fights back? And an assaulter then calmly waits for police to come? I saw several stories here like this.

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zichi, do you think self-employed here in the article and in Japanese means someone who is a temp or is an Uber driver?

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There are many self employed who are wrongly labeled like agency workers or Uber drivers. For companies to avoid the additional payments made when the worker is an employee. Basically, I would say mainly, if you only work for one person/company like a Uber driver then you are not self employed.

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hooktrunk2, Strangerland, zichi,

Thanks :) Self-employed worker sounded odd to me. He's self-employed. Ok. He's a self-employed worker. Huh? I wondered whether self-employed worker (自営業者) in Japanese meant something specific. From selling lemonade in front of your house or passing out Avon brochures to friends and neighbors versus having the skills that enable you to be your own boss and not work for another (artist, plumber, masseuse... professional tennis player) versus not only offering such services but also employing others all fall under self-employed worker (自営業者)? I imagine I'd proudly state that I'm an artist or plumber or that I'm the boss or that I run my own business or just say "self-employed" rather than go for "self-employed worker" when asked what do I do for a living.

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shogun36Nov. 26  04:17 pm JST

Drunk on a Wednesday night? A couple of winners for sure.

Wednesday is the new Thursday and everyone knows Thursday is the new Friday.

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Since the Kimotos were drunk, the security guard urged them to hold their smartphones over the card readers on the ticket gate. The two suddenly raised their voices and got into a scuffle with the two employees of the station.

Sounds like 2 old aged yankees holding on to their glory days! I hope the police teaches them that you can't go around punching people and blaming it on alcohol (being drunk) and claiming to not remember!

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I'm a self employed artist registered for tax at the city office. I have been self employed for nearly 50 years.

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What's a self-employed worker? If you're self-employed, doesn't that mean you run your own business?

Not necessarily. I run my own businesses, but I'm an employee of the business I own, rather than "self-employed". The business is a registered kabushiki-gaisha.

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What's a self-employed worker? If you're self-employed, doesn't that mean you run your own business?

Self-employed is the correct title and you don't have to run your own 'business' to qualify. It just means that you are your own boss. Like me! Not sure you need the word 'worker' because that implies they are an employee, IMO. Anyway, angry drunks should lay off the sauce.

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They seem to have behaved like a pair of yobs.

But this seems to be a raising trend in Japan these days.

I'm supprised by their ages though. In their late 40's they should be more mature.

The best advice I would give them is - if you can't handle your drink, then don't drink.

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Freedom for this bullied minority of only two people, drunken and not capable of holding a smartphone over a ticket gate. DLM , drunken’s lives matter....rofl

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Since the Kimotos were drunk, the security guard urged them to hold their smartphones over the card readers on the ticket gate. The two suddenly raised their voices and got into a scuffle with the two employees of the station.

> The whole story is not here , big chunks of it seem to be missing!

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Who cares what they do for a living. That kind of information is beyond bland, it's useless. Just like 'company man'. Naming them is plenty enough.

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According to police, both have denied the charge, saying they were intoxicated at the time and don’t recall the incident.

I don't believe it. As far as I'm concerned, I recall most of things except trivial ones even when I'm drunk.

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What's a self-employed worker? If you're self-employed, doesn't that mean you run your own business?

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What a couple of losers. Good that they were named and shamed. Oh, and arrested.

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Drunk on a Wednesday night? A couple of winners for sure.

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