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Molotov cocktail attack injures 15 at Tokyo parade

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"If I'm miserable, then everybody else also has to be miserable." You get a lot of that in Japan. Should have just hung himself and be done with it; no need to drag other innocent people into your decision.

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When I saw "68-year-old man" I knew it was going to be about noise.

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what a nutter, this could've ended much worse.

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I remember almost getting puked on by some dude in maybe a 10th floor apartment and watching him keep trying to hit others after he missed us, but this is a little bit more worrisome.

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Somehow I find myself looking up a lot when walking along high rises nowadays after all these stories of bricks etc being set up to fall down. At least he didn't fling himself down at the parade. Hope he's happy with his grand finale after 68 years on this ball o mud.

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One of the man’s neighbours told Fuji TV that he had been depressed after losing his wife last year

Poor guy.

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Poor guy.

Forget that. He used up his sympathy card when he lobbed firebombs at innocent people in the street below. Most people in the world lose a spouse or close partner at some point in their lives. Most of them don't lob Molotov cocktails at toddlers. Did he think he was better than all the other people in the world?

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The headline is click bait... with people starting to think every act of violence is somehow terror related what else could it be?

As for the old man... I feel sorry that he spiralled into depression after the loss of his wife, but to then attack innocent people having a fun evening is unforgivable. I hope those injured by this attack get over it, physically and mentally.

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I'm sorry, but Japan has a real problem with senility and its ageing population. All too often there is some elderly person flipping out. It's all well and good to be proud of longevity of life, but it's a completely different thing to consider the mental health of these oldies. Dementia is rampant through the older generation as well as senility and other mental illnesses associated with old age. I'm not saying it's preventable. In fact, it's quite inevitable. However, the lack of aged care facilities and mental health support means these sick oldies are left on their own to take out there disorders on everyone else, just as in this case. I hope this old fella gets the help he needs for his emotional disorder.

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@Disillusioned - I hope this old fella gets the help he needs for his emotional disorder.

A bit late for that now!

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Violent crime is relatively low in Japan. This kind of thing is quite a rare occurrence.

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@Disillusioned, you definitely have good insight on the social climate in j-land. The other day, I saw one very brown tall skin head jn just looking for trouble, I saw him about 10 meters away, appearing to be loitering, etc, and decided to take a detour. Some of these appearing to be older chimpiras are race soldiers and insane, screwing with people they dont even know.

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Noise aggravated aging widower pains

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Dementia is rampant through the older generation as well as senility and other mental illnesses associated with old age. I'm not saying it's preventable. In fact, it's quite inevitable. However, the lack of aged care facilities and mental health support means these sick oldies are left on their own to take out there disorders on everyone else, just as in this case

That's not the view of (foreign) specialists. They give Japan good marks for being very proactive in dealing with dementia. For example,

https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2015/11/22/japan-dementia-lessons-from-the-worlds-oldest-country.html

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Wait he lost his wife and he tried to take out others lives because of this, and fact that it was too noisy! I think he was twisted, the first and foremost thing he should have done was not have thrown the cock tale bomb instead just hang himself if he wanted to peacefully join his wife!!

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Thunderbird2AUG. 08, 2016 - 04:44PM JST The headline is click bait... with people starting to think every act of violence is somehow terror related what else could it be?

Nah. While this is extreme, it's Japan where 95% of its violent acts are the work of people with mental illness.

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The headline is click bait... with people starting to think every act of violence is somehow terror related what else could it be?

Sorry, I didn't see anything in the headline that implied terrorism. Therefore I disagree with your assertion that the headline was "click bait" any more than ANY headline is designed to get you to read the article.

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I don't see any problem with the headline, it's just factual.

Something I'm wondering about: although a neighbor indicated he was depressed after losing his wife, we don't know anything about what kind of person he was before the wife died.

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The headline could have read something like "Pensioner attacks parade with fire bombs" or something less tabloid. The wording ignores the fact that it was an old man... and anyone looking at it, with all of the attacks in Europe over the last few months would think there was more to it... except of course the enlightened JT posters.

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Hearing does change over a life. The screech of a toddler or loud noises like at these festivals can be excruciating for a senior.

You'll see when you get older.

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