Japan Today
crime

Taxi driver arrested for running over pigeon

70 Comments

The requested article has expired, and is no longer available. Any related articles, and user comments are shown below.

© 2023 AFP

©2024 GPlusMedia Inc.

70 Comments
Login to comment

Sometimes we easily saw cats and crow crops being ran over by car on the street, those driver that hit those animal are being subject for criminal offense too?

-20 ( +7 / -27 )

@sakurasuki

those driver that hit those animal are being subject for criminal offense too?

Not if the animal ran into the car. I hit a skunk one time, because it ran in front of my car and froze. I hit the brake but couldn't avoid running over the the poor skunk.

15 ( +19 / -4 )

@AureliusT

He was arrested because of his malicious intent

We will have no idea whether bird and cat corpse on the street were result of malicious intent or just pure accident, where animal really ran into a car.

-15 ( +5 / -20 )

Intentionally running over a jungle crow would invariably have the same result. The authorities clearly need to get their priorities straight.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

Cruel behavior to non humans manifests itself in other ways sooner or later.

13 ( +17 / -4 )

@syniksan

Because that's fair question, animal on the street everyday, some of them end being corpse being hit by a car or truck, however we rarely see those driver being arrested.

-15 ( +1 / -16 )

The taxi driver was mad.

”You talkin’ to me?”

9 ( +11 / -2 )

Pathetic loser, deserves punishment..

-4 ( +7 / -11 )

"Roads belong to humans, so the pigeons should have gotten out of the way," Ozawa was quoted by local media as telling investigators.

Pretty sure the pigeons don’t know who the roads belong to, and if you’re not in a rush to kill them then they will move.

16 ( +18 / -2 )

I actually did that once but it was an accident and I really thought the bird would fly away, plus I couldn’t slow down or swerve. Looked in the rear view and it was just an explosion of feathers. Felt kind of bad.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

Another proof of wrong use of our taxes....

-8 ( +7 / -15 )

We will have no idea whether bird and cat corpse on the street were result of malicious intent or just pure accident, where animal really ran into a car.

You are answering your own question, if there is no evidence of malicious intent what do you think would be the basis for prosecuting the driver?

Another proof of wrong use of our taxes....

The incident as described in no way represent a waste of taxes, a driver that maliciously use his vehicle to kill in order to release stress is definitely something the police should be paying attention.

5 ( +9 / -4 )

Will they do the same for a rat?

7 ( +9 / -2 )

Pigeons mate for life but will eventually choose another mate if they lose their own. They are intelligent, curious and friendly birds. When I'm working in the garden, its not unusual for a pair to waddle up to me for some seed, which they get. If I'm not around, they hover like humming birds and knock the bird feeder to extract seed. They also hang around when the squirrel is extracting peanuts, and will try to get to them first, leaping out the way when he lands on the grass. They are cleaner than people think, spending a lot of time bathing. They also clear moss from the roof. They have different personalities, the more aggressive ones grabbing others by the neck to establish a pecking order if food is short.

12 ( +15 / -3 )

Again, I ask, is there no real crime to solve in Tokyo? No robberies? Sexual assaults? Thieves? If someone has time to investigate pigeons, it means over-funding.

-4 ( +10 / -14 )

"Roads belong to humans, so the pigeons should have gotten out of the way," Ozawa was quoted by local media as telling investigators.

Pathetic reasoning for killing a living being

10 ( +12 / -2 )

He should have made a horn before running over. Birds are flying away.

12 ( +12 / -0 )

Such a lucky country Japan that this breaking news catch the headlines...

4 ( +10 / -6 )

The driver was arrested for malicious intent and the authorities are only taking precautionary measures to make sure this behavior will not escalate. Those poisoning crows or dismembering cats on parks are also investigated.

9 ( +11 / -2 )

Yea if you're intentionally trying to run over an animal just cause it annoys you, you definitely deserve some sort of consequence. We need more pro-pigeon propaganda, they're great birds.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Police had a veterinarian perform a post-mortem on the hapless pigeon and determined its cause of death as traumatic shock, according to local media.

I think we can safely assume he was responsible for its death without a pigeon autopsy. So traumatic shock and not blunt force trauma....LOL!

3 ( +3 / -0 )

This is silly. They arrested the driver for intentionally/maliciously killing an animal in violation of the wildlife protection law and not for a violation of the road law or traffic regulations. Good luck proving that it wasn't accidental, even with subjective eyewitness accounts and dashcam video.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

I agree with Kwat above....yes he should have "made a horn ..."

1 ( +2 / -1 )

He was arrested because of his malicious intent

They do this to us bikers too, some rankings say Kagawa Prefecture has the worst drivers but for me it seems Tokyo has the greatest number of frustrated, sociopath drivers in Japan.

The guy plowed his car into pigeons but he actually wanted to do it to humans, just too scared to get arrested for it.

Imagine what he does on the roads on a daily basis.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

The picture is killing me. lol This is exactly how pigeons look at you before getting out of your way.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Slow news day. But also, not coo, dude.

1 ( +5 / -4 )

No one is going to miss one pigeon, but yes, he could have just honked the horn

3 ( +7 / -4 )

You need only drive slowly towards pigeons or other birds sitting on the road and use your horn and they will fly away. Simply said this man is a rather reckless taxi driver, what he did might be a violation of traffic regulations, a fine for speeding?.

However to arrest him almost one month later because of a dead pigeon, accuse him of violation of wildlife protection law and to perform an autopsy on this dead bird is by far over the top.

What is next? Sent to jail for murder of a pigeon?

0 ( +5 / -5 )

Firstly being taxi driver means you have responsibility as a profession on the road.

This man deserves to be arrested since he is no capable to perform is profession.

Secondly, killing animals is often an indication that the person in action has physical issues. Those tests can be found on the internet and are well known.

4 ( +7 / -3 )

@sakurasuki

Today 08:04 am JST

@syniksan

> Because that's fair question, animal on the street everyday, some of them end being corpse being hit by a car or truck, however we rarely see those driver being arrested

Again you don't understand and put random comments.

7 ( +9 / -2 )

I like that photo. I'm glad they arrested that guy. All life matters.

3 ( +8 / -5 )

sakurasuki

Sometimes we easily saw cats and crow crops being ran over by car on the street, those driver that hit those animal are being subject for criminal offense too?

If it was deliberate, then yes.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Arrest, post mortem. The investigation should delve deep with the intrepid police investigators covering all aspects. Why was the bird there? Was he jay walking? Was he bullied by others to the point where suicide was the only option? Was he playing a game of "chicken?" Maybe he was a product of the sophisticated North Korean spy network, or simply was colour blind and didn't see the lights change colour.

The mysteries of the pyramids pale into insignificance compared to this incident.

This monumental event should be the subject of a parliamentary enquiry.

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

Defence counsel- "my client meant to hit the brake but pressed the accelerator by mistake." Slap on the wrist, case dismissed.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

These comments... sigh.

The psycho sped off from a traffic straight into the animals he considered "jama", feeling totally justified because 'the roads belong to humans'.

This is the kind of person that definitely honks and uses his car to threaten pedestrians, bikers, riders and why not other drivers that follow the traffic rules such as speed limit, pedestrian priority, etc.

Should have his license revoked for at least 1 year and be forced to cycle to his work in a factory or somewhere else.

3 ( +6 / -3 )

I was in a car once when we ran over a tanuki.

I was in the passenger seat and could felt the crunch under the wheel.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

If the pigeon purposely left a deposit on his newly washed taxi, it might be considered justifiable.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

Holy flock! Do you think he was winging it and just pecking around?

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

The crime was investigated by the Flying Squad.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Never be in a rush.

Just stop and let the birds and animals to cross.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

I'm sure its not all Tokyo taxi drivers, but from my experience, they have short tempers and are very territorial. I once parked in a 'taxi only area' (and it was huge, plenty of space) and instantly a taxi driver pulled up beside me and started yelling and screaming at me.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

"Roads belong to humans, so the pigeons should have gotten out of the way," Ozawa was quoted by local media as telling investigators....................................So now all road signs are to be printed in Pigeonese and Japanese...All roads are for humans only.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

They really did a post mortem? Even a youngster could have told them the bird was dead. and not just having a sleep on the roadway ..and it's pretty obvious that the taxi was the cause.

Wonder what his penalty will be?

5 ( +6 / -1 )

In Japan, it is against the law to hit and run an animal. I saw the aftermath of a deer that had been hit by a car but the driver took off. The deer was still alive but out of shock, it didn't want to move. So I called the police and it took them so long to come and assist the poor thing. I think the police were more interested in catching the driver of the vehicle that hit the animal than trying to help it.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

There is so much evil in the world. People are just heartless and humanity is lost!

0 ( +4 / -4 )

Fire him immediately and if there is jail time on the table, give him the maximum. Also give him a ¥10,000,000 or more fine and mandatory community service at animal shelters. This puts doesn’t deserve to be out walking in public, let alone driving

0 ( +3 / -3 )

I'm sure its not all Tokyo taxi drivers, but from my experience, they have short tempers and are very territorial. I once parked in a 'taxi only area' (and it was huge, plenty of space) and instantly a taxi driver pulled up beside me and started yelling and screaming at me.

Try driving around Ginza, Shimbashi, Shiodome, Shibaura, Toranomon and all these central biz areas after midnight, its like a big flock of angry short-tempered crows, 9 in 10 cars are black taxis rushing somewhere as if their lives depended on it.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

What a bird brain!

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Ratted out by a stool pigeon.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Captain Obvious

In Japan, it is against the law to hit and run an animal.

I doubt that. Please site the law.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

I guess manslaughter can't be the charge. Must be pigeonslaughter.

R.I.P. to the wonderful pigeon cut down in his prime.

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

This is news not because of animal cruelty, which the police tend to do nothing about, but because the police took action against animal cruelty.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Where's Alfred Hitchcock when you need him? These birds will have their revenge.

Next time you fly out of Narita or Haneda, remember this day.

I think the driver self-snitched. If pilots aren't arrested for bird strikes, I don't see why a driver can't be immune as well.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

and this is why I love Japan. This crime is significant enough to warrant news reporting.

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

"Roads belong to humans" WTF!!!! Earth does not belong to humans, we have been on it for a microscopic period of time compared to other living organisms!!! That POS isn't human either, just garbage that shouldn't be on the road! Should go to jail or fined a few million at the minimum and loose his driving licence permanently!

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

A Tokyo taxi driver was arrested for deliberately driving into a flock of pigeons.

"used his car to kill a common pigeon, which is not a game animal", in the Japanese capital on Nov 13, and was arrested on Sunday for violating wildlife protection laws

There is a clear contradiction as to basis of arrest in this article. Was it malicious or dangerous driving? Or was it a violation of widlife protection laws? Had he run over a Turtle Dove (which are designated as game birds in Japan) would he still have been charged?

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Sympathy for Tokyo’s pigeons contrasts with sentiment towards its population of crows, which were targeted after complaints that their appetite for rubbish left in the street by restaurants was making a mess of the capital’s streets.

In 2001, the then governor, Shintaro Ishihara, announced he was waging war on the city’s estimated 36,000 crows. Over the two decades that followed, the capital’s crow population fell by around two-thirds, according to the Yomiuri Shimbun.

So, let me get this straight...pigeons are precious, crows must be exterminated? No, sorry, something is not right here.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

In the UK these and feral pigeons are classed as a pest, they bread like rats, it's a full time job for farmers, game keepers to shoot these retched things, as for taking it to vet, who paid for that? I disagree with cruelty, but this prosecution is something of a joke.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

USNinJapan2

If you're interested I found this for you.

https://www.bengo4.com/c_2/n_13887/

It states that in Article 72 Paragraph 1 of the Road Traffic Act that you are to report to the police and take precautionary measures which can be interpreted as removing the animal.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I think the driver self-snitched. If pilots aren't arrested for bird strikes, I don't see why a driver can't be immune as well.

As a pilot who has experienced a couple of minor (luckily) bird strikes you literally do not see them coming until the very last nanosecond before impact.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Put some breadcrumbs in their grave, RIP

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Should have approached the birds slowly and they would have moved....

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites