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Police: 11-yr-old boy lied about being slashed in supermarket

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Police said Friday that an 11-year-old boy who claimed that he was slashed by a man in a supermarket in Ashikaga City, Tochigi Prefecture, made the story up.

The boy had told police that a man clad in black had injured him with a box cutter in Yaoko Ashikaga Omae store at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. The boy said the man fled.

However, on Thursday, the boy admitted that he had cut himself. He admitted to stealing the box cutter, according to TBS. He cut himself while he was playing with some friends and was afraid he would get into trouble if he admitted to stealing the box cutter, TBS reported.

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He got into trouble alright, more than he bargained for thats for sure.

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the boy that cried wolf

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The last time a box cutter made this much news was.......

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Seems like Japanese kids are getting more and more stupid by the day. He cut himself while he was playing with some friends and was afraid he would get into trouble if he admitted to stealing the box cutter. So he lied and got himself into more of a trouble than he bargained for. If you ask me, I would say that he is a total idiot!!!

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Sorry to say this, but this kid needs to be seriously punished. Maybe a week in prison or something so that he can appreciate the full consequences of what he might have doomed someone else to if the police had found a "suspect" and then extracted a typical Japanese "confession". This kid's lie might well have doomed some innocent person to years in prison and it's only fair that this kid have a week or so in prison to realise just how serious this sort of lie can be.

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Maybe this kid will learn from this, he stole, got injured / cut , then lied and got caught not only for lying but now also for stealing, maybe just maybe he might realise what he has done and straighten himself up.

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Nonsense to those who those who think he deserves severe punishment. This kid is no different from and no more stupid than generations of kids worldwide (that includes you - yes, you! Dear Reader, if you recall your own childish foolishness) who have made up silly stories to get out of trouble, without thought for the consequences. The poor lad certainly never expected the police to be called or for the story to go public! What they should have done at the start is consider that the kid, being just a silly kid, might be making up the story, and they should have made really sure he wasn't.

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Much ado about nothing. Nothing here to see. Back to coffee break, everybody.

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So judging by this article, the police didn't bother having the wound checked by an expert who could have identified whether the wound was inflicted by an attack or not before releasing the story to the press.

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Liar, liar, pants on fire.

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It's good that he confessed now, anyway. I'm sure it would've been easier to go with the "scary masked guy!" explanation, but he did the right thing in the end.

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@Frungy

Interesting that in your scenario, you feel the kid should be given time in Pokey, when it's quite clearly the police's "enhanced interrogation technique" that needs the shake-up.

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I'll take my "feed the guy to the crocodiles" back from my previous posting then.

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The cops would have found out with the security cam footage of the supermarket...at least I would hope.

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No details on the box-cutter ( it was a cutter dangerous enough to have hurt himself -- probably serious enough to attract attention from the pass-bys ! ) then the theft & lies telling committed.. The 11-year-old, was overdoing his game with peers but not completely innocent as he could have easily hurt others too..

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Hmm, this scenario is still better than the initial one lol...

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LMAO at all the people who were wringing their hand and fretting that 'Japanese society is falling apart' when the story originally appeared.

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Classic...boy does wrong, but is too scared to admit his mistake, so lies instead.

Does this sounds like the Nuclear Authorities at all?

Japanese society isn't falling apart, its the same as normal

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So judging by this article, the police didn't bother having the wound checked by an expert who could have identified whether the wound was inflicted by an attack or not before releasing the story to the press.

So you would have the police run a full set of CSI-style investigations prior to letting the public know there may be a guy out there randomly slashing people? Do you have any concept about how much it would cost to do this kind of investigation on EVERY assault?! If you think the taxes in Japan are getting high NOW...

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Bruce Tutty, so true.

On another note, the idea of some random weirdo stalking 11-year-olds with box cutters sounds perfectly believable in Japan. Oginome, Japanese society is still falling apart. It just hasn't gotten to your level yet.

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Kid made a bad choice and hurt himself and then covered it up with a lie. I am sure that most of us have been in similar kinds of situations growing up. Hopefully it will be chalked up to a lesson learned and he move forward and become a good kid/student. No harm no foul.

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It is good that this case is solved, and hopefully the boy is made to learn a lesson from this.

That sad thing is that this particular story was perfectly believable, because there have been so many random slashings and stabbings here and we can expect more. So the sort of nutcases who do this is definitely out there, alas.

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On another note, the idea of some random weirdo stalking 11-year-olds with box cutters sounds perfectly believable in Japan. Oginome, Japanese society is still falling apart. It just hasn't gotten to your level yet.

It's an even more perfectly believable scenario in all other countries in the world which have higher crime rates than Japan, which is most. Japanese society is certainly not falling apart, contrary to your apocalyptic fantasies, the crime rate has been DROPPING over the last 20 years. The murder rate in 2009 was the lowest in the post-war era. I love how the commentators on this website love to uset these of crime to create their distorted vision of a society on the edge of collapse... sorry, not true.

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Sometimes it is really strange reading this kind of news. How does it become national news? A boy steals a box cutter, plays with it with friends and cuts himself up badly. He lied about some guy trying to slash him up.

Geez, that's like the kind of crime that doesn't even make it into our local news broadcast in America.

To me if Japan's national news is covering stuff like that, the crime rate IS dropping in Japan.

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@MeanRingo

"Japanese society is still falling apart. It just hasn't gotten to your level yet."

How so ? The crime rate has been dropping as others have pointed out. Japan's economy is crappy but better than Europe (remmeber, we gave them money to get out of their mess when we don't have enough money).

Nuclear mess is still going on but that's something TEPCO needs to take care of, that doesn't mean the whole country is falling apart. Maybe you should give some concreate examples instead of making vague generic statements like "Japan is falling apart".

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the child did not want to be held accountable for his actions, so he created an accuse which made him a victim instead of being punished for being a criminal.

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"the boy that cried wolf" that funny lol...good analogy!

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Maria,

Why are kids so stupid then?

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logic is not a strong suit here.

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Someone called this on the original thread. I forget who it was, but when everyone was commenting on how we have another crazy whack-job running around cutting kids up, one of the posters called this. Not sure how, but impressive.

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Geeeezzzz! I was looking for the stupid excuse the 'slasher' was going to come up with after being caught. This story just ruined my week!

At least there is no mystery slasher on the loose.

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