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Passenger injured by pepper spray in Tokyo subway following argument over face mask

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A male passenger sustained minor injuries after being pepper sprayed at a subway station in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward on Tuesday.

According to police, the incident occurred around 12:40 p.m., Fuji TV reported. Witnesses told police that the victim, who is in his 40s, was arguing with a male passenger who had not covered his nose with a face mask. After scolding him for not wearing the mask properly, the victim got off the train with the suspect at Kudanshita Station. There, the two got into a scuffle on the Hanzomon Line platform. The man in his 40s was then pepper sprayed and fell to the ground.

The victim was taken to hospital and treated for minor injuries.

According to police, the two men were not acquainted before the incident. The suspect, who is believed to be in his 30s, fled Kudanshita Station.

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Some people just want to see the world burn.

14 ( +15 / -1 )

Another nutter. Naive as it may sound, it's disturbing to learn how many nutters there really are out here in Tokyo after reading these JT articles daily.

9 ( +14 / -5 )

omg ...

violence should never be an option still I can actually understand both sides.

In theory it is good that the victim told the perpetrator that he was doing something wrong/bad but then again I'd also get super pissed if someone wouldn't stop pestering me at all.

It sounds like that guy followed him, if he wasn't okay with it he could have either talked to an official employee who has authority at the train station or just walk away, its not like train stations in Japan are so super small ...

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Some one wasn't wearing a mask properly wow, this guy should have just called an emotional support person and request some counseling............

-15 ( +6 / -21 )

" the two got into a scuffle"

"pepper sprayed at a subway station in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward on Tuesday."

wow, Chiyoda Ward/Chiyoda ku, is an upper class area near the imperial palace, surprised such an incident happened in that "nice", business and, usually "quite safe" metro area.

2 ( +6 / -4 )

Things like that happens because of the paranoia and mass hysteria about the virus sheered by the media and paranoid people all over around the world.

-4 ( +12 / -16 )

Anti-masker walking around with pepper spray? Yeah, that tallies.

-1 ( +9 / -10 )

"A male passenger sustained minor injuries after being pepper sprayed"

WTH I remember a kobanite saying peeper spray was illegal in J-land.

10 ( +10 / -0 )

What was a 30 year-old guy doing with pepper spray?

8 ( +11 / -3 )

Can we all just get along?

3 ( +7 / -4 )

"The suspect, who is believed to be in his 30s, fled Kudanshita Station."

oh he fled the scene, so they have to examine the camera footage, to run a make on the perp...

5 ( +5 / -0 )

@Boaty_McBoatyface

"it's disturbing to learn how many nutters there really are"

that's right... you never know which one is ready to flip out....especially in crowded places.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Men children demonstrating omotenashi again.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

People need to learn how to mind their own business. If i see someone not wearing a mask and i didn't like it, i would just move away from him. Why do some people think they have the right to "teach" others what is right and wrong is beyond me.

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Witnesses told police that the victim, who is in his 40s, was arguing with a male passenger who had not covered his nose with a face mask

That guy that wearing mask instead avoiding a person that didn't mask, he choose to argue with him. That will increase the chance for infection since talking more in confined space such train/ or station will increase the chance for infection. So what he did will work in opposite way.

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Is pepper spray legal in Japan? Where can we get it?

And we hope to go hiking this month. Do they sell bear spray here? (There have been a lot of bear attacks recently and I don't know if pepper spray will work on them.)

1 ( +4 / -3 )

Wear a bell on your leg and you won’t need bear spray...

10 ( +10 / -0 )

scary. how people act to health issue. the man was simply reminding on impotance of mask wearing in crowded place like the train

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taj

Anti-masker walking around with pepper spray? Yeah, that tallies.

Not an "anti-masker". The article says he was wearing a mask, but the Corona Karen thought he was not wearing it properly.

Not that I approve of pepper-spraying people, but it really looks like "victim" was the a-hole in in this case,

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Monte Bell (spelling?) sells pepper spray. And no, a bear bell is not enough.

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