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2 injured in acid attack in Tokyo subway station; suspect at large

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If it isn't random violent crime, these acts of terror continue. Very scary times.

4 ( +14 / -10 )

In the last attack with the knife stabbing incident on the train, reporters spent way too much time on the criminals biography, "how he didn't have any friends, didnt have a girl friend, grew up in setagaya". The more you report on the criminals biograhpy, the more it motivates people to commit crime, duh! cz then criminals think, "oh, if I do something bad i can also get public attention from my life". Common, this is what you learn in journalism 101.

I hope that with this incident, reporters wouldn't make the same mistake and report on this guys life of why he decided to spill acid on other people. I expected this to happen, as the knife stabbing incident was just too motivating.

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In the last attack with the knife stabbing incident on the train, reporters spent way too much time on the criminals biography, "how he didn't have any friends, didnt have a girl friend, grew up in setagaya".

This mirrors how students learn history in school, whereby individual events are analyzed for their full context, to determine why they happened. We don't do this in Western media, so it seems weird, but for the Japanese, it would seem weird to not do that. When they see stories that leave out these details to them it feels as if these details are missing.

The more you report on the criminals biograhpy, the more it motivates people to commit crime, duh!

Really? Is that your theory or is it something actually proven somewhere?

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Given how quickly they capture molestors and pickpockets using video surveillance, and given this was in the middle of Tokyo, I imagine they'll have this guy in custody soon enough. Massive failure if they don't.

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All this acid throwing started in India a few years ago and since then spread to US and now Japan. I worked wit h sulfuric acid when I was younger it is very dangerous, burns very quickly especially in pure form and the burns can be very deep. I hope the two recover quickly!!!

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I hope that with this incident, reporters wouldn't make the same mistake and report on this guys life of why he decided to spill acid on other people. I expected this to happen, as the knife stabbing incident was just too motivating.

japan love tv talk show it fuels them with fire with such stories and gives the talk host air time or tv talk show would be all about eating food and how delicious it is

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@rocketpig Right on!

this is exactly what I keep saying about the reporting of suicides. The reporting of certain details just produces copy-cat occurrences. Especially in Japan where there is a very strong ‘group’ mentality.

this domestic terrorist will be caught soon and plead the same kind of ridiculous garbage as the the knife guy. And the media will breathlessly report his every excuse. And the cycle continues.

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Find this crazy guy and place him in jail forever.

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*T*he more you report on the criminals biograhpy, the more it motivates people to commit crime, duh!

Really? Is that your theory or is it something actually proven somewhere?

Yes, it has been widely proven. Gavin DeBekker, FBI behavior specialist on copycat crimes, if you want to look it up.

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I am so sorry for the victims, acid attacks can have lasting injuries.

The pictures of this guy are not very clear , but I hope he is captured and put away for the rest of his life.

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What is with all these dorks running around here, claiming to be “men” but acting like moronic teenagers?

Do they really have that much free time to do this kind of garbage?

Man, get a job, get a hobby, get a girl, or something. No one has this much free time to waste.

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It is time to tighten the rules for the purchase of certain chemical products.

I buy sulfuric acid for hobby reasons, however due to shipping laws it can only be 10% strength; the same strength as weak car battery acid. To get stronger acids such as what this guy must have obtained in a more speciality place.

after a kid used acetone to make a crude bomb, they tried to tighten down on buying acetone, but as it is ubiquitously used for hobby and DIY uses, and whenever Japan tries to introduce bureaucracy for these things, they make it overly complicated do drop the effort a while instead of producing a workable system.

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This does not mean Japan is 'unsafe'. It is one of the safest cities on the planet. There are always some criminals/nuts, wherever you go.

This is not a reason to silence the reporting of crime. Transparency is important. You do not want to live in a world where everything is secret.

This is not a reason to avoid trains, especially in Tokyo. Safer than cars.

It is also not a reason to ban hobbyist materials.

Tokyo has CCTV everywhere. If they can catch someone who smeared poop on a back pack, they can catch this guy.

It's a nasty crime, but crime levels are low in Japan. Loads more stabbings in London and shootings in America.

Everyone have a cuppa and calm down.

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Amazing.

Every time a violent act is committed in Japan like this one, there is always someone who insists that Japan is a safe country.

Japan is safe, but not the safest place to live due to the fact that like this act of violence occurs almost every day be it a knife, acid, or whatever.

Japan is part of Earth and Japanese people are human and not the superior country some people deem it to be.

There is a lot of violence here too.

Practice honesty.

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It reads like a targeted “hit” and the woman was collaterally injured in the melee:

The suspect, about 175cm tall, aged 30-50, dressed in black, wearing a mask.”

- “The incident occurred in a high-end residential area,”

- “The 2 victims were standing near a station elevator”

- “the suspect threw the acid as he overtook the man from the r. side; the woman slipping on the liquid, falling into it.”

- “the man's burns are severe while the woman's injury is mild.

- “the man told bystanders he could not see and the woman said the affected area felt hot, 

- “the suspect fled the station.” -

Of course, ‘speculation’ but NOT “*random**”.*

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The ‘circus show’ to continue to depict Japan as a ‘modern, crime-free, safe country’ continues…

- “That is why I love the quiet and safe Japan that some do not want to accept..

- “The incident, which occurred in a high-end residential area, prompted police to seal off the station entrance with many officers on alert.

Also, sadly comical is this weekly bit of additional government-mandated PR, er, ‘reporting’:

*- “amid heightened security for the Tokyo Olympics.”*

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*The earlier “incident” was ***notrandom’ either. It was **admittedly premeditated against women and the additional injured were hurt in that assault.

- “The incident follows a random attack by a knife-wielding man on an Odakyu Electric Railway commuter train in Tokyo earlier this month, which left 10 people injured

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Aussies will NOT “whine” but may take exception that ‘acid attacks’ are more common there as someone earlier inferred. According to the following source, the U.K. had now surpassed India in these types of acid attacks:

https://www.asti.org.uk/a-worldwide-problem.html -

*- “Now, do not get to whine that Japan is dangerous, I have never [??] heard of this here, this type of crime happens often in many parts including my country where it happens veeeery often.. *

-7 ( +0 / -7 )

"Be Alert"...this isn't the first Chemical Attack that's taken place in Metro Tokyo...it won't be the last.

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Crazies out and about these days....

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Acid attacks are particularly cruel, and they seem to be aimed more at women, especially those who have spurned the advances of men. However, I do remember one case of a man in the UK who was allowed to be euthanized after a severe attack by his girlfriend. Very sad.

Another series of random attacks I recall were a few years ago in Hong Kong where someone would just throw acid from the top of buildings and people would get injured below on the streets. I'm not sure whether the police ever caught the scum.

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Michael MachidaToday  09:32 am JST

Amazing.

Every time a violent act is committed in Japan like this one, there is always someone who insists that Japan is a safe country.

"Safe" is not an absolute.

Is Japan absolutely safe? Of course not.

Is Japan relatively "safe" in comparison to many other countries? Yes.

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Pukey2

Acid attacks are particularly cruel, and they seem to be aimed more at women, especially those who have spurned the advances of men.

That does not seem to be the case here. The primary target was the man, for whatever reason.

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man what is going on with all these attacks on trains recently?

As if trying to dodge COVID on the train and get to work on time or get home isnt enough already....

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That's aweful to hear about the people being attacked with acid.

Iam anxiously waiting to hear how long it took to catch the criminal and how severe his sentence will be.

If they don't catch him then he might do it again.

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Find this crazy guy and place him in jail forever.

Throw acid on his face and body first.

-4 ( +3 / -7 )

A couple of years ago there was a huge problem in the UK with Muslims throwing acid at random people, albeit the media tried to play it down

I read about it in the media. They didn’t do a very good job playing it down.

I think you are saying you wanted more focus on it.

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Here is a picture of the culprit.

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20210825/k10013221911000.html

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Japan is getting more and more unsafe… let’s just accept it !!!!

Things happen in developed countries like Japan…. no one gets to know … and if at all people get to know, they will be like…. It’s Japan.. they will fix it in no time.

C’mon !!!

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The 22-year-old says he cannot see. The doctors say it will take six months to heal.

Not only is this a particularly vicious attack, but it caused collateral damage, thankfully only to one person. The perp thought about himself first, though, putting on a protective glove, but he seems not to have given a thought to others with this rather inaccurate method of attack.

The authorities need to make an example out of this guy and hope to discourage cowardly self-centered copycats.

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Now, do not get to whine that Japan is dangerous just fot that, I have never heard of this here, this type of crime happens often in many parts including my country where it happens veeeery often..

That is why I love the quiet and safe Japan that some do not want to accept..

How original... pretending to be gaijin now, been reading about the Japanese dude who said " I'm Vietnamese while robbing the combini...ey?

https://japantoday.com/category/crime/japanese-man-says-'i%E2%80%99m-a-vietnamese'-while-pointing-knife-at-convenience-store-worker-to-rob-her

-8 ( +3 / -11 )

This definitely looks like that the male was the target while the girl was just innocent bystander. I know it is just a speculation, but this looks like planned attack on the specific person for me unlike the attack on the Odakyu line.

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If that young man is blinded for life, when caught , I hope to see that thing given the death penalty !

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Sandoval

This definitely looks like that the male was the target while the girl was just innocent bystander. I know it is just a speculation, but this looks like planned attack on the specific person for me unlike the attack on the Odakyu line.

Nobody knows for sure yet, but yes, it does look like that.

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How original... pretending to be gaijin now, been reading about the Japanese dude who said " I'm Vietnamese while robbing the combini...ey?

How original, assuming someone is Japanese because they’re defending Japan and don’t use correct grammar. Yay for profiling.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

There are some crimes where the punishment should fit the crime. This is a perfect example. 10 years in jail followed by a quick acid shower on release. Not nice but a suitable warning to others.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Scary stuff

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Japan is getting more and more unsafe… let’s just accept it !!!!

WHy would we "accept" this false fact that isn't supported by actual data, especially when the actual data shows that Japan's rate of crime is as low as its ever been?

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oldman_13Aug. 25  06:40 am JST

If it isn't random violent crime, these acts of terror continue. Very scary times.

I remember the sarin gas attack on Tokyo subways in mid 1995. Whether this coward is involved in some kooky cult or not, I hope the law finds him soon and puts him away!

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starpunk

I remember the sarin gas attack on Tokyo subways in mid 1995. Whether this coward is involved in some kooky cult or not, I hope the law finds him soon and puts him away!

This one looks completely different. I do not know why you call the criminal a "coward" or suggest he is involved in a cult.

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Wanted notice has gone up nationwide. The police think they know his name and have issued three photos of him.

25-yr old, last seen at Shizuoka Station.

https://www.news24.jp/articles/2021/08/27/07930671.html?utm_source=Yahoonews&utm_medium=relatedarticles&utm_content=930618&utm_campaign=n24_acquisition

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Like the Canadian Mounties, the police here will get this guy, and he knows it. It's only a matter of time now.

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nandakandamanda

Like the Canadian Mounties, the police here will get this guy, and he knows it. It's only a matter of time now.

The enormous amount of CCTV cameras in Japanese cities makes the job a lot easier. They had the first camera footage of him minutes after it happened at Shirokanetakanawa, and then of course could trace his movements throughout the subway system back from there.

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