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Police ignore complaint from man who stabs neighbor

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A 61-year-old man in Saitama has been arrested for the attempted murder of his nextdoor neighbor after he allegedly stabbed her in the back with a kitchen knife.

According to police, the man, who has been named as Takehiro Sato, visited a police station before the attack on Monday and attempted to file a complaint about his neighbor, a 60-year-old woman. TBS quoted a police spokesman as saying that the officer on duty could not understand the nature of Sato's complaint and he was allowed to return home.

A short time later, Sato allegedly stabbed the woman in the back. The woman was taken to hospital where she remains in a serious condition. Sato was charged with attempted murder, police said Tuesday.

During police questioning, Sato was quoted as saying that the victim had been harassing him using electromagnetic waves.

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Saitama again? What goes on there? This guy sounds mentally ill though.

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Sato was quoted as saying that the victim had been harassing him using electromagnetic waves.

Oh, dear! It seems the cop missed his chance to send this one to the loony bin and, as a result, there is a woman laying in hospital with a serious stab wound.

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"Harassing him using electromagnetic waves."

What could be clearer than that?

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What could be clearer than that ?

The frequency? You know you need proof, right?

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damn electronmagnetic waves thats some serious stuff there, electromagnetic waves will attract UFOs and that will lead to an abduction, guys got every right to be paranoid.

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During police questioning, Sato was quoted as saying that the victim had been harassing him using electromagnetic waves.

Classic symptom of schizophrenia.

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I thought there was already an existing solution. Don't the conspiracy theorists have tin foil hats against electromagnetic waves?

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TBS quoted a police spokesman as saying that the officer on duty could not understand the nature of Sato’s complaint and he was allowed to return home.

The cop did the usual police thing here: "Hey! Crazy guy! Go home! I'm too busy standing in front of the koban with my big stick to bother doing anything of use! Unless you want to know how to get to an address, just go home and do what you have to do to quieten the voices in your head. I've got stick holding to do here!".

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She called him on her keitai? Saitama definitely is an unusual place, I was always surprised when the local trains on the Tobu line just turn up at more or less random times after 9pm...very un-Japan.

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A bit OTT though. He didn't really need to stab her. Just cutting off her antennae would have done the trick.

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TBS quoted a police spokesman as saying that the officer on duty could not understand the nature of Sato’s complaint and he was allowed to return home.

Allowed to return home? He's the one who was filing the complaint, something sounds fishy here. And with the level of the beat cops recently it wouldn't surprise me one bit if the cop at the Koban had a hard time understanding anything at all!

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Ah, the keystones again.... do your work AFTER the crime is committed only.

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@smithinjapan

ah, rant about the police AGAIN when there is nothing they could have done to prevent this. it wasn't the woman who complained about being harassed by her strange neighbor, it was mr. loony tunes. but in your world, the police are always to blame for a crime. puh-lease!

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If only the police had been properly supplied! They could have issued a tinfoil hat at a reasonable price, the electromagnetic waves would have had no effect, and the woman would never have been hurt.

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During police questioning, Sato was quoted as saying that the victim had been harassing him using electromagnetic waves.

Now come on ... innocent until proven guilty.

How do we know that this old witch was not, actually harassing him using electromagnetic waves?! She could have even used the waves to stab herself, in order to frame him for the crime? Sounds like she already got the cop too - I mean, with such a straightforward complaint how could he NOT understand ... right?

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Saitama again? What goes on there? This guy sounds mentally ill though.

Good question. What makes Saitama the hotbed of Japanese crime?

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Did he forget his aluminium cap?

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easy fix, all you need is some reynolds foil and sticky tape...keeps out those pesky waves

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The Keeeeestones basically ignored: his attempt to file a complaint about his neighbor; I remeber when I was in roppongi several years ago, I saw 2 gaigins fighting, it was getting nasty so I called the keystones. They asked are any Japanese involved, I said no and they said we dont care and hung up the phone....I wish I could have recorded it.

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What's The Frequency, Kenneth?

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Police ignore complaint from man who stabs neighbor

Well of course he's going to be ignored. He's complaining of being harassed with electromagnetic waves??? What is that supposed to mean? The title of this article makes it look like the cops are at fault. I don't trust in J-cops much but unless they can predict the future they can't be blamed here.

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If the J-cops had taken the time to talk to the guy they would have known he was off his rocker. This was avoidable, think about it.

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@rikyvee l do think that the police are responsible in part in this case when you have some one turning up complaining in a delusional manner surely it is worth a closer look .

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Also I am being affected by electromagnetic waves, I totally blame NHK. Tokyo TV and the most insidious of them all - Saitama TV. For some reason, I think I am turning Japanese.

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It's difficult to know about the police fault in this case. If signs of mental llness were clear then the logical step would be to determine if he was on medication, whether he had been taking it or not, had a case worker etc. etc. or not. However, the signs may not in fact have been that clear.

On the same basis, it is difficult to know if the charge of attempted murder is warranted or not. Obviously they had to hold him on something, but maybe the charge will be reduced after a medical evaluation.

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I wonder if he is or was part of that cult that would put white sheets all over the place and had some odd obsession with electromagnetism. I can't recall the name of the cult.

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difficult to know about the police fault in this case

I guess I'm reading this as the guy was trying to file a complaint but was basically irrational or incoherent. At which point the cop should have had the poor guy sit down while he filled out the paperwork for a psych eval. I guess that's not how things work in Japan? The only time I've been to a koban is to ask for directions - they're good for that!

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I guess I'm reading this as the guy was trying to file a complaint but was basically irrational or incoherent. At which point the cop should have had the poor guy sit down while he filled out the paperwork for a psych eval. I guess that's not how things work in Japan? The only time I've been to a koban is to ask for directions - they're good for that!

Psych evaluation? What for? Was he applying for a job as a police officer?

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He should have just put foil paper on his head.

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Is this guy a nutjob? Yes.

Did the cops drop the ball? Yes.

But this sentence is particularly troubling to me:

and attempted to file a complaint about his neighbor, a 60-year-old woman. TBS quoted a police spokesman as saying that the officer on duty could not understand the nature of Sato's complaint and he was allowed to return home.

Somebody voluntarily walks into a cop box to file a complaint, and then it's up to the cops to ALLOW said citizen to return home?

What, do you voluntarily place yourself under arrest when you walk into a cop box to complain, or even ask directions?

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Somebody voluntarily walks into a cop box to file a complaint, and then it's up to the cops to ALLOW said citizen to return home? What, do you voluntarily place yourself under arrest when you walk into a cop box to complain, or even ask directions?

If someone is obviously crazy like this guy, the police should at least humour him and go and talk to the person he is complaining about.

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Saitama is a huge place, once again....Where?!

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"If the J-cops had taken the time to talk to the guy they would have known he was off his rocker. This was avoidable, think about it."

So what do you suggest? The immediate arrest of everyone "off their rocker"? Everyone who mutters to themselves?

Long ago in Canada, we used to have an old lady who came by the courthouse regularly to talk to anyone who would listen about how Phylis Diller, was stalking her, and was conspriing to take over the world. She'd pull out her scrapbook of news clippings. We'd give her tea and try to chat about other topics. Some days, if she was really wound up, we'd call her son and he'd have to leave work to come get her.

Now, near my current workplace there's a younger lady who's occasionally walking down the sidewalk arguing with someone invisible. She's quite obviously schizophrenic, but that doesn't mean she's a danger.

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He's complaining of being harassed with electromagnetic waves??? What is that supposed to mean?

Oh my goodness! You mean you don't know? You're going around with no protection at all on your head? The following link explains the problem and its solution.

http://www.stopabductions.com/

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"...a police spokesman as saying that the officer on duty could not understand the nature of Sato's complaint."

"...victim had been harassing him using electromagnetic waves."

Yeah, I don't understand that complaint either!

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The police person could've popped round to have a look at the situation, could it not? Something may have occured there n then that the police person could've stopped. Who knows?

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"Saitama again!?"

Yeah that makes two reports in the past 3 weeks! Crrrazzzy!!

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Saitama again? What goes on there? This guy sounds mentally ill though.

I like Saitama and experienced nicer people than anywhere else in the Kanto area.

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