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Severed fingertip sent to DPJ member

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The chairman of the Budget Committee of the lower house of the Diet, Hiroshi Nakai, received a package containing what looks like a severed little fingertip, Tokyo metropolitan police said Tuesday.

According to police, the package containing the fingertip, a knife and a threatening letter, was delivered to Nakai's office at around 2 p.m. Monday by a delivery company, TBS reported.

Police say the finger had been inserted into a bottle containing an unidentified liquid. The letter contained the words, "Divine punishment is coming," among other threats, police said.

According to investigators, there was also a handprint on the paper, which was stamped in blood, TBS reported.

Nakai is a member of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ).

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Fingertips, blood. Next time just send the from name and address along with recent photo. Make it super easy to find you.

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Actually it isn't going to be that easy. If the person's finger has no prints on record it's going to be really hard. There is no DNA bank here either so unless the cops go around and start checking everyone for missing appendages the odds are pretty low that they will find them.

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oops yak trademarks indicate a reminder of lifetime membership, and to adhere to obligatory dues and policy alignments in accordance yak inc. keretsu's and habastsu's organizational goals and strategic interest thoroughly Diet seated, and allowed to freely pass by jland mail sniffing dog for JN recipients.....

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LOL, yakuzas are all tools.

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“Divine punishment is coming,”

Quick some one check ishihara's fingers to see if any are missing!!!

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There's something odd about this, but I just can't put my finger on it...

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It all seems a little too dramatic to take seriously. But maybe I've been reading too many books.

It sounds like the opening scene of a thriller and who done it. A very determined message of violence, yak styled self-inflicted injury, clues as to the sender, but not enough for a mere investigator to figure out.

Still, the finger cutting seems a little strange since it is typically associated with making amends for your own wrong doing. There may be more to the letter to clear this point up. Damn, I want to know more now.

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Hell, I can get you a toe by 3 o'clock this afternoon... with nail polish.

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The most interesting thing to pass through the legislature this year? A finger tip?

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How pathetic and stupid can you get.

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Gave him the finger eh!

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PeaceWarrior - I literally LOLed!

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Quick some one check ishihara's fingers to see if any are missing!!!

Lol, better check Ozawa's fingers too!

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"It is easy to be brave from a safe distance."

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I guess it'll be up to the police to finger out who sent the package.

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Readers, no more puns please. This is a serious story.

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Did the delivery company even bother to check out the contents first before sending them out?

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Can't they trace the finger print on the finger? can't believe someone cut his finger tip off to deliver a message. Sounds pretty stupid to me.

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Let me explain a little. Here's a very good reason why this has happened. Mr. Hiroshi Nakai has been the subject of attention amongst a small circle of bloggers in recent years for making gaffes against certain members of the royal family. In addition to that his place of birth, China, could have strongly influenced his dealings with people in the upper echelons of finance and politics. I don't want to cast aspersions on his honestly, but I do think his presence in office is disturbing for a lot of ultra-right wing nationals and people associated with such groups. He's an agitator. It's no surprise the letter he received about retribution.

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It is a serious story. We have "what looks like a severed little fingertip" inserted into a bottle containing an "unidentified liquid" and a "handprint on the paper, which appeared have [sic] been stamped in blood". It is "definitely" a serious story but if you don't mind, I think I will wait until they come up with more "evidence" that the blood and the finger are indeed real, and that the unidentified liquid is actually dangerous.

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did they take finger print(s) :p

@Laguna The Big Lebowski!

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Better than losing an organ over your yak debt.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

A jilted lover perhaps? :p

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All parcels should be traceable by law.

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Was it a human pinky i wonder .

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Well, let's see... it's a fingertip, sent to the Budget Chairman (not chairman on foreign affairs or anything, but on a person who decides (or helps) where money is and isn't going, how it's allocated, etc. We have talk of 'Divine punishment'... is it too far a stretch to guess this is an ultra rightist's handy work? Nakai perhaps forget a certain allocation to a certain group?

While Yubaru is right it wouldn't be a matter of some J-CSI team putting it into the system and finding the owner of the finger, it would still be easy to figure out where to start looking. Had Nakai made any significant cuts on or rejected certain projects? Who runs said projects? Of course, if Nakai is mum on any links or chats with the underworld, they'll find nothing anyway.

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Yamatosan- you have millions of yen in gambling debts- if you let us cut off a little bit of your pinky finger and keep it secret then we will keep your secret. No reason it has to be the perpetrator's appendage.

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YAKUZA - DPJ linked! Someones beens threatened, someones gunna die! That someone is a yak in public office.

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Well, I'm not sure how the Japanese criminal mind works, but I would guess that whoever sent the finger, wasn't sending his own finger, but someone else's.

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Chariman's aide: "Sir, this is the most notable letter of the day"

Committee Chairman: "Well someone is [puts on sunglasses]

"sticking out like a sore thumb"

YEAAAAAAAAAAH!

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Oooopppsssss Mr. Nakai must a an avid supporters or a comrade of the Yakuzas but turned his back recently. Abonai dayou....

In another way, it could be the opposition party making some scaring tactics for Mr.Nakai to quit.

Hehehehe Politics, the cancer of society.

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Nippon Nation, he's an agitator because he was born in China? Lots of Japanese were born in China. Japan invaded China and sent civilians to colonise it. They were there long enough to have children. It didn't end well, as I recall. Some Japanese abandoned their won children in China as they were escaping. Those who were able to return to Japan alive were lucky. Because he doesn't obey anachronistic fascist ideas about decorum towards the emperor? Remember that these ideas about decorum came from the same fascist regime that started wars against China and several other countries and lost them badly, sent millions of men to war, and also blithely sacrificed civilians, including children on the home front. That makes him an agitator? What precisely is he agitating for or against?

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"their own children" not "their won children"

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My guess would be uyoku, not Yakuza. While there is a small amount of overlap, this seems more like the work of a particularly fanatical young ultra-nationalist, who got the crazed idea from an obsession with the Yakuza. Though the Yakuza have been known to blackmail and threaten politicians, it's almost always do with their own strategic interests in mind, and the talk of "punishment" and political partisanship seems very out of character.

More likely a very angry, very disturbed uyoku kid who got fired up on the right's invective and decided to do something drastic,

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Warnerbro = He's an agitator because he has a history of making gaffes, especially against members of the royal family in public. No public figure has ever voiced his angst against the royalty on the floor of the house. He's like the Sayoku version of Shintaro Ishihara; maybe even worse because he's working in the area of finance where all the major hands are. He's seen as unpredictable and easily an provoked dark horse who's probably playing up to the Soka Gakai, and other special interest groups by maneuvering to lockdown earmarks and other budgetary concessions against the 'old boys' networks and insiders with seedy affiliations in the underworld.

Because of where he was born, China, and for whatever reason, casts aspersions on his allegiance with the ' old boys' network, and with his interpretation of history.

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talexa05 is nippon nation [ please edit]

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An ultra-rightist could've did that!

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People seem to share the notion that the person who sent the letter must also be the previous owner of the fingertip - it could just as well be someone else's fingertip, which is a very disturbing thought. What if someone important to Mr. Nakai is being held as a leverage tool against him, for the sake of money or political pressure? This is not a case to make puns and point fun at. I hope that the culprit is swiftly arrested and put to justice.

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just wait 9 more times and the problem solves itself

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