Woman hitchhiker stabbed by man in car in Kochi Pref


A woman hitchhiker was seriously injured after being stabbed by a man who picked her up in his car in Nankoku, Kochi Prefecture, on Sunday.

According to police, the woman, who is a university student in her 20s, came from another prefecture, and hitched a ride in the morning. At around 11:45 a.m., the woman told police the man stopped the car and threatened her with a knife, Fuji TV reported. When she resisted his advances, he stabbed her in the stomach. She managed to get out of the car and call for help from a passerby.

The man fled the scene. The woman was taken to hospital but her wound is not life-threatening, police said.

Police said the owner of the car, a 37-year-old man, turned himself in to police on Sunday night.

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So many people out there just waiting to prey on someone. I wouldn't intentionally hitchhike but if I absolutely had to, I would have to be carrying some kind of weapon. Even as a fairly strong guy, I wouldn't get into any stranger's car without at least some kind of makeshift weapon(s). Hope they catch this creep soon and she makes a full and quick recovery.

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Yet another attempted rape. There are many more not reported here.

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I grew up in the Ted Bundy era .... we were taught to NEVER HITCH HIKE

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Good thing she luckily escaped death. Hope she will recover from injury soon and get back on her feet.

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Think about it. He was in his own car, which is the easiest way to find him if he left his rape victim alive. ["Officer, his license plate was ta 1234"!] That means he wasn't planning on leaving her alive after he was done with her.

He won't be able to evade police for long - but I bet he kills himself before they apprehend him.

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How do we know it was his own car?

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Wow, I did not even know they have hitchhikers in Japan!

I did hichhike here about 30 years ago, and it was a weird experience. People were extremely friendly, but most of them had never seen a hitchhiker and did not really know the concept.

I suppose Japan is one of the last countries where hitchhiking alone for women can even be considered, but even here it is not without risk.

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Hitchhiking in your 20s is cool but I am surprised it is practiced in Japan.

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A 37-year-old suspect, KITAOKA Takuya has been arrested a few hours ago. Hitch-hiking is not widely practiced in Japan; it is more likely the suspect spotted the woman walking beside the road and stopped to offer her a ride in his car.

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I hitchiked once in Japan and I rode on back of those small trucks just because it was already late and buses in the area already stopped. I'm thankful for that. But I agree with the commenters above me, hitch hiking is dangerous.

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Hitchhiker in the corona era? STRANDED!

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@3rensho, that's the problem when a lady gives in to an invite from esp a JMan. It seems like they thought that the heavens must be so nice to them for delivering such a cutie romping mate! Answering positively from an invite right away means more on intimacy for most of them. Even if they're just offering a cup of coffee!

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According to police, the woman, who is a university student in her 20s, came from another prefecture, hitched a ride in the morning.

Now I know Japan may be safe, but it ain't THAT safe for a young woman in her 20s to go hitch hiking alone!

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I was going to say, why would anyone hitchhike, especially in 2020, but then I saw this,

 Kochi Prefecture

ok, now I understand.

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When we lived in the wilds of Nagano we didn’t have a car so many times just hitchhiked and always worked out well. Definitely novel.

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I've both hitchhiked and picked up Japanese hitchhikers throughout Japan from Hokkaido through Kyushu. It helps if, as a gaijin, one has a sign with the direction of travel written on it. My longest set of rides was from Beppu to Nagoya.

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