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Shinkansen makes unscheduled stop after elderly man whacks another passenger in the head with phone

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By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

The shinkansen is the crown jewel of Japan’s transportation network, whisking passengers across the country at high speeds with amazing punctuality. However, for the second time in a week, Japan’s bullet trains have suffered a black eye, this time by way of a literal whack on the head.

On the morning of Nov 9, Naotaka Kasuya, a 69-year-old resident of Tokyo’s Hachioji City, was on board the Nozomi Shinkansen that runs from Tokyo to Fukuoka. According to other passengers, Kasuya was visibly drunk, and not in neither the jovial nor sleepy way. He was seen bumping into a female passenger and heard angrily accosting other male passengers with “What are you, a woman or something?” 

Then, at some point after the train pulled out of Shin-Yokohama Station, Kasuya took out his phone and used it to hit another passenger, a 53-year-old man, over the head. Reports refer to the weapon as a keitai denwa, a term that’s often used to describe flip phones, as opposed to smartphones, suggesting that in addition to being a lush and a jerk, Kasuya may also be a luddite.

The incident took place at around 8 a.m., and considering that it takes about an hour from Hachioji to the closest stations where one can transfer to the Shinkansen, it seems like Kasuya either got a very early start drinking that day or was hopping on the train after an all-night binge. Either way, his bender came to an end when the train made an unscheduled stop at Mishima Station in Shizuoka Prefecture, which the Nozomi Shinkansen usually passes right by, so that police officers could board the train, arrest him for assault, and take him into custody at 8:12 a.m.

Sources: Mainichi Shimbun via Hachima KikoYahoo! Japan News/TV Shizuoka

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Either way, his bender came to an end when the train made an unscheduled stop at Mishima Station in Shizuoka Prefecture, which the Nozomi Shinkansen usually passes right by, so that police officers could board the train, arrest him for assault, and take him into custody at 8:12 a.m.

I'm always under the impression that there are a lot of undercover or off-duty police officers in trains or at least train marshals. This is just me but, the staff onboard could've just restrained him until the destination. A few minutes late for a regular train is bad enough, what more to a bullet train.

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What Shinkansen in which country are you riding??They’re definitely not on Nozomi, that’s certain: stabbings, slashings, fires, suicides, self-emulation, etc …

*- @Toshiro 7:32am: “I'm always under the impression that there are a lot of undercover or off-duty police officers in trains or at least train marshals.” -*

If there were ‘undercover police’, then they were cowards. NONE of these previous incidents would have happened or, at least, been addressed more quickly.

-2 ( +7 / -9 )

Interesting theories…But train marshals…lol Maybe some own hired part timers to make the trains looking fuller, attractive and then pumping that no-story up for no other reason than to get it into the news and glance with an additional safety image. Yes, looks a bit set in scene, theatrical, because no pensioner at 69 would drink so much in the morning and getting on an expensive train. That’s far from usual probabilities.

-9 ( +2 / -11 )

many of these old farts are cranky, xenophobic, and nosy as hell, good his big brothers locked his dusty, sottish behind up.

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Kasuya may also be a luddite.

I know this is spitting into the wind, but having a keitai denwa instead of a ‘smartphone’ is hardly being a luddite. Not have a portable phone and only using a landline is being a luddite. Or, not having a landline and only using telegrams … et cetera ad infinitum and so on (nado).

However, SoraNews makes no distinction in words and I’m sorry I read this.

18 ( +18 / -0 )

What exactly is a Luddite haha?

3 ( +8 / -5 )

I've been on that shinkansen, and I've hopped off another train at Mishima. It's a nice area to spend the better part of a week. Without the transportation distraction, of course.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

Those incidents are becoming more and more common.

No wake up call for the complete incompetent Japanese Government of the root cause?

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To answer @Dman 8:52am’s question and with ‘NO intended offense’ to a similarly-named JT user, a “luddite” was a member of the bands of early 19th Century workers who destroyed machinery, especially in cotton & wool mills, that they believed was threatening their jobs.

It’s now used by many in pejorative, derogatory manner to refer to a person opposed to new technology or ways of working as in "a small-minded Luddite resisting progress"

*- @Dman 8:52am: “What exactly is a Luddite haha?” *

It’s believed the writer intended the latter definition, as most here are no longer living in the 19th Century and, after all, made it a specific point to add that term, in addition to making comments about the assailant’s possible chemical dependency and personality.

- “suggesting that in addition to being a lush and a jerk, Kasuya may also be a luddite.”

Not necessarily libelous nor ‘offensive’ but perhaps just his/her “artistic license” to do so?

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@Luddite?

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he was drunk at Shin Yokohama station?!?! at 8am?? He would've only left Tokyo station about 10 mins before!! LLF

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Whenever I ride the shink lately, I always see at least one train marshal. They could've just finally gave the marshal something to do and have him hold the cell phone perp until the next station and not inconvenience the rest of the 1,000 or more people on the train.

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He's lucky he didn't dial a wrong number and get his bell rung.

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Not yet had a look at the original Japanese, but a flip-phone is usually a ‘Gara-Kei’ as I understand it.

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I'm always under the impression that there are a lot of undercover or off-duty police officers in trains or at least train marshals. This is just me but, the staff onboard could've just restrained him until the destination. A few minutes late for a regular train is bad enough, what more to a bullet train.

Exactly, he's 69 and drunk out of his mind. Take him down, hold his wrists while sitting on his chest until the next stop then drag him off the train.

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Not yet had a look at the original Japanese, but a flip-phone is usually a ‘Gara-Kei’ as I understand it.

It looks like he was using a Galapagos Island cellphone.

逮捕されたのは東京都八王子市の無職・粕谷尚孝容疑者(69)で、午前8時頃、新横浜を出て博多方面へ走行していたのぞみ号の車内で、居合わせた53歳の男性客の頭を、携帯電話で殴った疑いです。

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No wake up call for the complete incompetent Japanese Government of the root cause?

C'mon, Euro Dude. You can't blame the government for everything.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

A flip phone is pretty easy to smash.

Would've been a fun tik tok to see someone do that to his lethal phone.

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Well if these incidents continue to increase, maybe undercover train cops could help. Actually, uniformed cops may be an even better deterrent to also help remind people of manners: seats are for people not your bag, please put your shoes back on, your smartphone is in that person's face, stop spreading your legs, turn down your music, keep your elbows in, stop leaning back so far, stop smashing your keyboard and type softly, please blow your nose....

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This really upsets me. I considered elderly people to alway be older than me, not the same age as me.

This is depressing.

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@snowymountainhell

If there were ‘undercover police’, then they were cowards.

Police or patrols can't be everywhere all the time. If they WERE on the train, they might have been in another car. Supposedly even the driver of the train where the Joker was attacking didn't know there was a commotion going on while his train was in panic.

BTW, I saw 2 Safety Patrol officers in orange vests on the Chiyoda Line in Tokyo today. My first time in 19 years to see such a patrol.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

So did the victim have to get off as well and make a 3 hour statement at the police station? I would probably just let it go considering the hassle.

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Those “2 orange vest Safety Patrol” seen on the Chiyoda @hooktrunk 2:52pm are not doubted, it was the alleged* **@7:32am**** “undercover” officers and “train Marshall’s” *that were:

*- @7:32am “…under the impression that there are a lot of undercover or off-duty police officers in trains or at least train marshals.” -*

BTW, there was no ‘comic book character/villain’ attack recently. That was just another person with a grudge against other people in general. The choice of clothes on that occasion was just to blend in with the holiday revelers. He doesn’t need other media hyped excuses to try to get off easy for his crimes. A man was seriously injured.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Slow news day?

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Kasuya took out his phone and used it to hit another passenger, a 53-year-old man, over the head.

Someone forgot to enable manner mode.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Sue him, clean his bank account, then take part of his monthly retirement $$ and have it deposited into the victims bank account for 2 or 3 years.

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I am trying to imagine, and failing miserably, at how much damage a cell phone can cause.

Maybe one of those really early cell phones, but even a modern flip phone isn't going to hurt much. A cane, a bag, even a book seems more dangerous. I just don't see the merit in stopping the train over this.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

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