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Woman arrested for stabbing passer-by on Tokyo sidewalk

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Police said Wednesday they have arrested a 37-year-old woman for allegedly stabbing a 40-year-old woman in Tokyo on Tuesday night.

According to Fuji TV, the victim was walking along a street in Setagaya Ward's Mishuku at about 7 p.m. when the incident occurred. Police say the accused walked toward the victim, then turned and stabbed her in the lower back with a fruit knife, causing serious injuries. Neither woman knew each other, police said.

The suspect was quoted by police as saying that she remembers taking the fruit knife from home and walking through the streets, but doesn't remember stabbing anyone with it, Fuji reported.

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Uh huh..remembers taking the knife, going for a walk with it but not stabbing someone. I wonder was she hypnotized? Seems like incidents like this are no longer limited to guys. I hope the victim fully recovers.

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I hope the victim fully recovers.

and suspect also.

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A nutter with a fruit knife, it must be Thanksgiving!

Turkey, with a heaping helping of watch your back, please...

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Now women get into the stabby act??

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I don't suppose she had been watching any 1973 movies recently: http://blog-imgs-15-origin.fc2.com/m/a/m/mamdarin/dvd-1293.jpg

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I'd like to know her motive.

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Ok! Ok! This was NOT Saitama!! Sounds like something that would happen out there but unfortunately it was here in TOKYO! I hope the victim recovers from here wounds and that the idiot criminal is locked up for ever!!!

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How many people carry knives around here in public is just mind boggling. Maybe this country needs more shrinks.

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I'm so ready to carry a firearm. There's a difference in the way people think and feel about these kinds of incidents.

Person A says: I hope nobody tries to stab me with a fruit knife. Person B says: I wish some idiot would try to stab me with a fruit knife.

It's always a cheap shot too. Just like Pearl Harbor.

What do you guys think? If they had guns would the situation in Japan be worse? They always talk about how peaceful Japan is. Knives? Guns? Is there a difference? Would Akihabara be safe?

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How about a game of solitaire?

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it is handy to have selective memoryloss

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papiguilio:

" How many people carry knives around here in public is just mind boggling "

Come again? In 30 years in Japan, I don´t think I have ever seen someone carry a knife in public. What are you talking about?

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schizo ka na?

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How about a game of solitaire?

With a deck of 51?

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i hate it when news like this is reported because it'll just cause all the nutbars out there to copycat the crime.

all you nutbars out there, disregard this news, ok?!

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A woman just decided to grab a knife and stab the first person she sees. This is scary.

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I don´t think I have ever seen someone carry a knife in public.

I always thought that cops were kind of stupid every time they asked "are you carrying a knife in your bag?". But after passing the inspection area at Tokyo Game Show this year, I was amazed at all the blades (knives, scissors, cardboard cutters, etc.) collected I saw in a drop box from people's bags.

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Good for the victim she couldn't defend herself. Could spend the rest of her life in prison for that. The offender will be off the hook soon.

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this sounds like a case of schizophrenia. hope both girls recover...

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Let's just say It was a mental disorder. Put her In the looney bin and say bibi...k?

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Carrying a gun or knife or whatever doesnt change anything unless you know someone is going to attack you or you some how get the upper hand.

Anyway, What i can understand is, if she remembered walking the streets with a knife, why didnt she drop the knife or decide to go back home we she realized she was walking with the knife in the street? She didnt feel it was strange to be just walking around in the street with a knife?

Maybe, she knows the victim but the victim doesnt know her.

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There are many seriously disturbed people walking the streets of Japan at any given time. Govt Policy seems to be 'Care in the Community' rather than facing the huge costs of putting them in an institution.

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Alison! The Looney Bin in Japan is just a summer camp on a farm, and after a couple of years she will be back on the streets stabbing people again. Yes! this person is definitely crazy, but she belongs in prison with people like her...

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Sounds like a severe nutcase who has to be locked up for her own good. Without any pointy objects around her.

Either she lied - in which case she deserves prison. Or she is completely crazy - in which case the public has to be protected from her.

Female physical violence is really scary stuff, because it (almost invariably) comes as a surprise...

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Do these ratbags just wake up one morning and say to themselves, "I think I'll stab someone today." These random stabbings are Japan specific and happen with alarming regularity. Yeah, people get stabbed in other countries too, but it usually cos of a fight or a robbery, but that is not the case in Japan. How many have there been in the last month? 3? 4? How about the girl slashed in the face last week? There are some serious psychological issues in Japanese society that just keep being swept under the tatami.

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Guess she won't remember the time she'll end up spending in either a mental institution or jail too.

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Yokoso Japan!! The land of looney walking time bombs!!

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@Yubaru: It is impossible to be hypnotized, which is always self-hypnosis, into doing anything you do not want to do anyway. Comments like yours can be misleading for those that have fear of are suspicious of those skilled in the profession of hypnosis, clinical or stage.

I suspect the woman was suffering from some sort of mental disorder, such as psychosis, paranoia or multiple personality disorder. She needs medical help first and foremost.

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I carry my cooking knives, but would never pull them out.

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Another nutter.

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JapanGal:

" I carry my cooking knives, but would never pull them out. "

You carry cooking knives when you go out???

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JapanGal is a Chef I believe, WilliB.

Now why would this woman stab a passer-by for no aparent reason? It sound like she is a copycat of the guy who slashed the teenager some days ago. She needs to be locked up for a long time like 10 to 15 years with mental help

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@ Disillusioned "Do these ratbags just wake up one morning and say to themselves, "I think I'll stab someone today." These random stabbings are Japan specific and happen with alarming regularity. Yeah, people get stabbed in other countries too, but it usually cos of a fight or a robbery, but that is not the case in Japan. How many have there been in the last month? 3? 4? How about the girl slashed in the face last week? There are some serious psychological issues in Japanese society that just keep being swept under the tatami."

You hit the nail on the head.........Teach brother Teach!!!!!!!!!

and one day the broom is going to rattle again into the ocean....

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First thing I did when I saw this headline was check where it happened. Have a lady who shows up in front of my building occasionally to spend a couple hours screaming at anyone lucky enough to walk by. She showed up yesterday, so i wondered if it was her (seems not).I am 6 feet 215 pounds and this woman makes me seriously nervous...

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@ kurumazaka

Is there some Govt agency to call for the tick tick boom people??

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@WilliB >You carry cooking knives when you go out???

Me too, I carry cooking knives around all the time and I also use them outside. What's wrong with that?

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season changes so do as seasonal nutcracks

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@JapanGal & Foxie

If you guys are cooks and carry them, is tottaly fine.Otherwise, you have serious issues going on. Though my feeling both of you are just saying so, maybe you thought it's cool to say that. I had to be careful what to say in my post , fearing the Moderator would remove it as he or she often does.Cheers :)

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totally :)

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@JapanGal & Foxie

"Yokoso Japan!" That's the first sign I see when entering into Japan. Well, I do not feel safe any more. There are so many nuts crackers. This is not Japan I used to know. Why do they need to carry knives in public? Insecure?

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NetNinja, do you REALLY want Japan to be Full of Guns like the USA?? Here we have a nut case with a little fruit knife and stabs one person, oh my god time to arm yourself to your teeth?? I think not! The NRA back in the USA would love for all of us to panic like Netninja, see crime or here about some crime and go and buy yourself a nice gun, a nice rifle, a nice UZI?? I would not want to even try to imagine what Japan would be like say not just a crazy person but say your average Joe Tanaka has a bad day at work?? Joe Tanakas wife starts messing around with another dude, this Joe goes bonkers and pulls out his machine gun say in the MIDDLE OF A CROWDED TRAIN here in TOKYO??? Then we would not be reading about 1 little stabbing incident right?? We would be reading about a drunk crazy Japanese guy, woman etc..shooting to death say 300 hundred or 500 innocent people in cold blood, this is why I do not like living in the USA too many crazies too many fools with too many guns, and even with a bit of radiation, sorry I still feel a million times safer here in JAPAN. Domo aritagou gozaimasu!

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what is wrong with these people... i thought the song went "tis the season to be jolly..." not "tis the season to commit a felony..."

oh well... i do hope the woman recovers.

I bet ¥50,000 the attacker will plead Insanity or her defense will try for her.

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