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Road rage suspect goes on trial for assault

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A 44-year-old man went on trial Monday for assault following a road rage incident on an expressway in Ibaraki Prefecture last August.

In the opening session at the Mito District Court, prosecutors said that Fumio Miyazaki blocked a car driven by a 24-year-old man with his own vehicle on the Joban Expressway in Moriya, Ibaraki Prefecture, at around 6:15 a.m. on Aug 10.

He punched the man in the face several times while shouting something like "I'll kill you.” The incident was recorded by the dashboard camera in the victim's car.

Miyazaki, who lived in Osaka, was put on a wanted list, after his vehicle was identified as being involved in a number of reckless driving incidents in Aichi and Shizuoka prefectures.

Miyazaki told the court that he once had to stop abruptly after the car in front of him stopped suddenly, Fuji TV reported. After that, he said he wanted other drivers to know what it was like to have someone do that to them.

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Double figures sentencing, please.

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@Mickelicious

"Double figures sentencing, please."

Ha, doubtful.

This guy does need to do something about his thin skin, though.

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Mental Health needs a survey.

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Ha, doubtful.

Didn't this case provoke a change in the law on 煽り運転 or menacing tailgating?

I do hope he's made an example of.

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He has some anger issues, loss of licence should be a give in and mandatory anger management course, perhaps a course of Valium would be helpful too. And 6/12 months jail time to reflect on his out of control behavior and another course of Valium.

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Miyazaki told the court that he once had to stop abruptly after the car in front of him stopped suddenly, Fuji TV reported. After that, he said he wanted other drivers to know what it was like to have someone do that to them.

Right one question here, "Did the other driver get out and punch you in the face a few times too?"

I wonder what "defense" his attorney is going to give? Let me guess "mental illness"

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Another excellent reason for installing a dashboard camera in your car. Otherwise it's your word against his, and this is critical especially if you're a foreign driver in Japan.

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@stormcrow

Another excellent reason for installing a dashboard camera in your car. Otherwise it's your word against his, and this is critical especially if you're a foreign driver in Japan.

I doubt Fumio what have been so brave if it was a foreigner. More than likely, he would have played the victim faked an injury in an attempt to sick the police on them.

It is not uncommon in the bully culture of Japan for wannabe tough guys to assault other Japanese people, but he would have tried to sick the police on a foreigner especially a non Caucasian believing their visa status is so fragile that they would coward or back down immediately. I have seen police deal with foreigners based on their racial background completely different.

Basically, record any confrontation even if it is illegal in Japan despite cameras all over the streets and drive recorders.

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I know not socially acceptable, but sometimes I wish these guys would just pick on the wrong person and get good can of whoop ass.

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I never recall that the Japanese driving test suggests ‘punching another driver in the face’

Miyazaki needs to contemplate his actions in a quiet place..

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@Silvafan: "I doubt Fumio what have been so brave if it was a foreigner."

Even if the foreigner happened to be a woman?

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@stormcrow

@Silvafan: "I doubt Fumio what have been so brave if it was a foreigner."

Even if the foreigner happened to be a woman?

That is a good point! My experience with chauvinism and cowards in Japan would say it depends on the race and whether or not they believe they could get away with it. That is true for both male and female foreigners.

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stormcrowToday  08:28 am JST

@Silvafan: "I doubt Fumio what have been so brave if it was a foreigner."

By that statement you mean foreigners are not just going to sit in the car and get punched?

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I would very much like to know more about the original incident that led to the punching. Not that I think Miyazaki can be justified, but maybe the other guy does not belong on the road either.

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@rgcivilian1

By that statement you mean foreigners are not just going to sit in the car and get punched?

Japanese bullies rely on the stereotypical idea that most Japanese people will try to avoid confrontation at all cost. That was supported by Fumio escalating the confrontation after the driver showed no attempt to confront him. The more the driver tried to avoid him the more Fumio believed that he could get away with physically assaulting him. He was right at the moment, but the drive recorder gave the other driver the courage to come forward.

When confronting a foreigner there are too many variables to gauge how the foreigner will respond to any aggressive behavior. They could tolerate it, or they may put a can of whoop a%& on them.

Most sane bullies will not take that risk! That will be true anyplace regardless if it is Japan.

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I think foreign men in particular would not be good targets because of all the built up rage from bad marriages, micro-discrimination on a daily basis, miserable commutes and poor job prospects. It is like picking a pimple that is ready to blow anyways.

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I don’t care about his sentencing, this guy should be banned from driving for life!

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Unfortunately they probably won't stick him in a rough prison even though it might do him some good...

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Make an example of him. Lock him up, and permanently revoke his license.

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Boy, I do know it's hard to drive in California and then come here and drive, especially Okinawa.....South Park said it best in the Build the Wall" episode

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"Japanese bullies rely on the stereotypical idea that most Japanese people will try to avoid confrontation at all cost." When confronting a foreigner there are too many variables to gauge how the foreigner will respond to any aggressive behavior. They could tolerate it, or they may put a can of whoop a%& on them.

That's what thought you'd say, and your right, for the most part this guy is lucky he was in Japan otherwise on any state in the US or other country he'd been beaten to a pulp or shot dead. I still see these idiots zooming past cars driving aggressively but I just move over and mosey on down. The most funny part is that I'm following the speed limit the nut jobs are still waiting for a light to change to green so I just chuckle to myself. What are they in such a hurry for, perhaps their bento is burning on the grill?

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@stormcrow - Another excellent reason for installing a dashboard camera in your car. Otherwise it's your word against his, and this is critical especially if you're a foreign driver in Japan.

I wouldn’t be so sure about that. I had one clown break checking me and cutting me off. He stopped his car on route 6 near Kashiwa blocking both lanes at 7:30 in the morning (peak hour), got out of his car and was screaming at me to get out of my car. This was because a blasted him with the horn the first time he cut me off. - I had the whole incident recorded on my Go-Pro, which includes audio. I took it to the cops and showed them. They just looked at me with a ‘So what’ expression and refused to do anything about it. TIJ!

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"Miyazaki told the court that he once had to stop abruptly after the car in front of him stopped suddenly, Fuji TV reported. After that, he said he wanted other drivers to know what it was like to have someone do that to them."

Well, perhaps in prison Miyazaki will learn what it's like to be punched in the face several times while people shout "I'll kill you!" because, you know, he should know what it's like and all that.

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People are going nuts now. I was assaulted last weekend for not wearing a mask outside a packed restaurant with no social distancing and diners all maskless.

another incident a few days before.

i predict that road rage will increase because people are confined to their homes, confined to masks, confined to their cars. They will naturally flip.

i always pull over when a car tailgates me, so hopefully I’m OK.

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----had to stop abruptly after the car in front of him stopped suddenly,----

This is like every day here in Fukuoka/Saga in the rain.

------he said he wanted other drivers to know what it was like to have someone do that to them.-------

Yap, fully aware thank you very much. Do not need a violent explanation. He will get a slap on the wrist and made to pay the hospital fees and nice little Noshibukuro packed with hyaku-man or more with deep bowing profusely. Some serious gami gami from the judge and maybe a bit of jail time. Some points deducted of his D.L. or worse. And the debt paid. How it works here.

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@Vanessa, if indeed the 24 yo also shouldn’t be driving...do you find it an odd coincidence that Mr. Miyazaki had many encounters with terrible drivers? Or do we see a pattern here?

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@Silvafan: "That is a good point!"

Much of it also depends on the individual, and it's up to each person to respond as they see fit when confronted by a strange person in a stressful situation. However, if I'm on a major tollway/expressway, especially if I'm driving with family members, then I'm not going to get out of the car for any reason. Another problem for me is that I've always been a bit of a pacifist when it comes to violence, even though I've trained in the martial arts and can handle myself even with black belts. However, when dealing with strangers, especially in the U.S., you must consider whether or not the stranger is armed. One of my students was confronted by a crazy man on the expressway here in Japan. The man pulled him over from behind with lights flashing and honking horns, so my student pulled over on the shoulder to see what the guy wanted. When he got out of the car he had an aluminum baseball bat in his hands and he came up and slammed it on the hood of his car. My student's wife was in the front seat and his teenage son and daughter were in the backseat watching in horror. The crazy guy just rambled incoherently nonsensically at my student. My student, who's a black belt in jujitsu decided to do nothing and say nothing and eventually the crazy guy got back in his car and drove away. My student sat in the car with his family in shock and waited for about 15 minutes to be sure the guy was far enough ahead so he wouldn't be bothering them again. They got started again and after driving for about a half hour, there was this same crazy guy with the aluminum baseball bat doing the same damn thing to some other confused driver. Imagine how a frightened woman would have responded in that same situation with a nut like that. What's my point? My point is that you never know who you're going to run into on a road or expressway. I'm rather hesitant about being pulled over by regular people who aren't the police. As for the dashboard camera, whatever video footage you have of bad behavior together with a good lawyer should win the day in a courtroom. At the same time, I agree with your point that you may not have any other option but to fight it out, but every situation is different depending on the people involved. I prefer having a dashboard camera in my car and I really one. It's a camera with a 360 degree view of what's around me at all times and there's even one camera on me inside of the car, so it kind of encourages me to be a better driver.

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do you find it an odd coincidence that Mr. Miyazaki had many encounters with terrible drivers? Or do we see a pattern here?

I see a pattern of terrible drivers is what I see. I have certainly had my share of people cutting me off, blocking the road, failing to signal, tailgating me, nearly colliding with me and I will even admit to my own mistakes which might have seemed like terrible driving to others but were more often caused by circumstances of which they were not aware.

In short, if I wanted to find people to start punching over their bad driving it would be an easy task. Not that I am going to, I am just saying.

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@rgcivilian1: "I doubt Fumio what have been so brave if it was a foreigner." By that statement you mean foreigners are just going to sit in the car and get punched?

Actually that quote you're asking about was from Silvatan and I was only addressing it, so you need to ask him/her about it.

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@Vanessa, maybe you should stop driving...for your own safety. You seem to be a magnet for terrible drivers.

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RecklessToday  09:20 am JST

I think foreign men in particular would not be good targets because of all the built up rage from bad marriages, micro-discrimination on a daily basis, miserable commutes and poor job prospects. It is like picking a pimple that is ready to blow anyways

Thanks for the chuckle of the day

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Best thing about japan is you can tell the personality of a driver by their license plates.

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I agree with Vanessa. Having spent a considerable amount of time on the roads of Japan, I've seen heaps, been assaulted (to his demise, but cops didn't chase him up to my knowledge), and have no respect for other drivers or the cops. Mostly don't see cops until after an event. Yet phone use, drunk driving, unrestrained kids, etc, etc is rampant on the blacktop.

Drive safe out there hombres, try not to piss people off, and deffo get a dashcam!

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Take away from him his licence to drive,confiscate car and put in in mental hospital....

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I think bad and aggressive driving has increased recently. We had one of these idiots cut us up and continually breaking suddenly leaving Osaka last week. We have a dash cam and just moved away from him when we could, but he was obviously itching for a fight.

Dangerous driving such as drivers using phones, watching TV (tellies in the front of cars should be banned) and kids and animals bouncing around on the seats is ubiquitous here.

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This guy does need to do something about his thin skin, though.

If you have followed this case from the beginning you would know that this has nothing to do with thin skin. He was looking to start trouble on purpose. This is why he got hit by a lorry and also tried to start trouble in a caffe over the temperature of coffee. And his female friend/girlfriend kept recording everything on her phone. So she has all the evidence against him. I hope they throw the book at him and make sure he can never drive again. And now his face is all over the news, so we know what he looks like...

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@Goodlucktoyou: People are going nuts now. I was assaulted last weekend for not wearing a mask outside a packed restaurant with no social distancing and diners all maskless.

another incident a few days before.

You were assaulted? That sucks. People are stressed out by staying home, economic collapse, and the coronavirus news. Be careful.

I honestly think things in Japan are changing for the worse for foreigners and it may get worse. I have lived in Japan about 20 years and been gaijin carded 3-4 times, last time many years ago. Just the other night walking home from my Tokyo station around 10 pm a young cop rides his bike beside me and persistently asks to see my zairyuu card and I showed it and he was very chatty. I asked why he asked me to stop and he said there are a lot of gaijin in the area. So that is the logic.

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Another excellent reason for installing a dashboard camera in your car. Otherwise it's your word against his, and this is critical especially if you're a foreign driver in Japan.

One that has both front and rear cameras is best.

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Goodlucktoyou

Best thing about japan is you can tell the personality of a driver by their license plates.

Why is that? Because it says where the car is registered? Are you saying that all people from a certain area have the same personality? That's as ridiculous as saying that all people born in a specific 30-day period have the same personality, or all people of a specific blood type have the same personality, or even all people of a certain race or ethnicity have the same personality.

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