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Two police officers stabbed while trying to subdue 74-yr-old man

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Two police officers were stabbed while trying to subdue a 74-year-old man brandishing two kitchen knives in his home in Nadasaki, Okayama Prefecture, on Friday. The man, identified as Kenji Nanba, was charged with assault and interfering with police in the line of their duty, but he has denied the charges.

At around 3:50 p.m., police received a call from Nanba's wife, 69, saying her husband had begun to get violent. When two police officers arrived, Nanba had already settled down, but when they approached him he suddenly grabbed two kitchen knives. He lashed at an assistant inspector, 49, and stabbed him in the leg, then slashed the other officer in the arm. Nanba was drunk at the time of the incident.

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I what basis did the old guy deny the charges? hahaha. Hilarious.

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Maybe the old guy is ex-military and had hand-to-hand combat training.

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I'm waiting for the people who feel the cops should have shot a 74 year man.

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I'm waiting for the people who feel the cops should have shot a 74 year man.

Okay, you do that. I'll do something more productive.

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Nanba was drunk at the time of the incident.

Excellent reporting there, JT. How drunk? According to who?

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WIll they now ban kitchen knives?

They have long been the preferred weapon of choice here, not multi-tools, pen-knives, diving knives, or other useful implements with blades longer than 5 cm; but kitchen knives, with their favourite being the fruit knife, or paring knife.

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Was brandishing two kitchen knives?

Well, the police ought to stay clear of any wannabe Miyamoto Musashis in future if they don't want to get hurt!!

Bad jokes aside, pity the police were injured while doing their jobs.

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Tazer! That is at least half a dozen cops been attacked and injured by drunken losers in the last couple of months.

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words too describe such an elderly person:

1) spry 2) feisty 3) lively

perhaps, the two police officers were 90 and 100 years old(?), respectively. old dogs CAN learn new tricks!

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who's to say he didn't think he was preparing a delicious meal in the kitchen and mistook the officers for a couple of ingredients?

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I was drunk at the time and i'm sorry for my actions. Judge agrees and hands out a suspended sentence

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Hand-made Japanese kitchen knives are bad-ass. They are better and usually sharper than your average sports store pocket, recreational or utility knife. Check out some of the shops in Asakusa.

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The cops probably didn't expect much, or any, resistance or fight from a guy in his mid-70s. Likely they got took by surprise.

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Well, now first of all, it's the guy's home. He can get drunk there if he wants to. Second, the officers apparently handled the situation poorly if the guy was already settled down and got unsettled by something they did or said. And then, if there are two police officers and they can't handle a 74 year old man, that's pretty embarrassing in any case.

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Knowing the J-Cops, he was probably acting in self defense so he could avoid one of those secret interrogation sessions.

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HAHAHA If it's not 13 year old kids picking on police it's the elderly!!!

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first of all, it's the guy's home. He can get drunk there if he wants to.

That's true, but his wife called the police because he started to get violent, which is quite a different thing from just getting drunk. Are you saying the police shouldn't have responded?

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a japanese denny crane. : boston legal

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"brandishing two kitchen knives"

That's what I would brandish if someone barged into my home unasked.

"a Japanese Denny Crane"

Nah, Denny would have brandished two rifles.

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I know some pretty active senior citizens who go around climbing mountains and riding motorcycles, so just because the guy was just 74 doesn't mean he's some bed ridden old geezer.

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Only in Japan could this suspect been taken alive after stabbing two officers. In America he would've been taken out with about maybe 50 gun shot holes in the chest. I admire Japanese Police patience.

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"Obstructing police in the performance of their duty" might be a better translation than "interfering with police in the line of their duty."

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AK619

Patience and lack of non-fatal equipment has caused 2 law enforcement officers to be harmed. While considering this man's "age" I wouldn't go with a taser, what about rubber bullets, or bean bag guns? They're non fatal and can sober him up real fast. There are plenty other options out there too.

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Are you saying the police shouldn't have responded?

Apsara,

No, I'm not. I was responding to the various negative comments about the guy being drunk.

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@HonestDictator:

As a first choice I believe in using non-deadly force if it can be used at reasonable distance, such asTear Gas & O.C. Spray. In this situation, if I was stabbed by the suspect suddently up close, I would've of shot the guy. Handguns, knife's, bats, sticks, and sometimes cars are considered deadly weapons. These officers are fortunate to have another day to live. All it takes to kill you is a little stab wound to your neck or chest. An ex officer told me he almost died from a stab wound to his leg. The stab wound was so deep, he was removed from the force because it seriously disabled him. Its the officers safety which is most important, not a suspect swinging a knife.

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interfering with police in the line of their duty

This is the bullshit catchall charge they use in Japan when they can't think of anything else. Any time you see this, be very sceptical.

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I'm waiting for the people who feel the cops should have shot a 74 year man

Nobody needs to shoot a 74 year old man, unless he's wielding a loaded firearm, but there's about 20 different techniques to use which don't involve bare handed, karate or judo style grappling, with a knife wielding man. Only idiots, dead or soon to be dead idiots do that.

I'm just dreading the day we read, cop(s) die of fatal stab wounds while taking on drunk knife wielding man bare handed.

I sure hope it will be worth saving the life of some deranged drunk with a weapon or firearm, maybe somebody else will go another slashing spree in Tokyo, because they know the cops won't use deadly force. We'll never know. We can only hope not.

Piss poor training, PERIOD.

It's not a question of "IF" one these JN under-trained cops is going to finally die going to a knife fight bare handed, it's only a question of "When."

God help them.

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And the NPA is all worried about MJ use in Jpn, if the NPA wud dare to publish what drunks do on a single day they wud see the some other drugs wud be less of a problem for society

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If only the cops had their flashing wands...

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Nobody needs to shoot a 74 year old man, unless he's wielding a loaded firearm, but there's about 20 different techniques to use which don't involve bare handed, karate or judo style grappling, with a knife wielding man. Only idiots, dead or soon to be dead idiots do that.

I believe the term 'want' would be more acceptable. Nobody wants to shoot a 74 year old man but look at if from an officers point of view. It's either a dead me or a dead him which is exactly how this could have ended. Thankfully it didn't.

And yea the police in japan really need to step up their screening...and training...and for goodness sake make sure they can at least subdue an old guy without injuring themselves.

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If only they'd banned long-bladed double-edged knives this would never have happened. Oh, wait, they did, and it did...

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They should have pepper-sprayed the geezer.

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@ Altria:

No, O.C Spray would not have disarmed a drunk. I would of aimed for center mass......

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one word "TASER"

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I agree that the Jcops need to be given training and equipment appropriate for non-lethal forms of containment to subdue an unruly, antagonistic suspect from a distance. I do NOT want Jcops to be armed with live rounds unless absolutely necessary, because frankly I don't know if I trust 90% of Jcops to use loaded firearms only when absolutely necessary. But I have no problem equipping the police with tasers and other forms of (generally) non-lethal protection. I've read enough articles here at JT where officers were injured while trying to subdue a knife-wielding subject. It's time they were given the training to defend themselves and disarm and control a suspect BEFORE moving in to physically restrain the assailant in question.

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I have heard that knives can inflict fatal wounds. I have never verified that for myself, however, based on the assumption of that to be true, I would think that the police officers would be justified in using deadly force in defending themselves. So, IMO, they should have just shot the old fart.

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When you think about it, there is really no reason for J-police to carry guns with "real" bullets as there are rarely any crimes committed with guns in this country. All of the police should be issued non-fatal weapons such as guns with rubber bullets and/or bean bags, tasers, batons etc... And then of course trained extensively on when is the right situation to use them. I think a man brandishing two knives qualifies.

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