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2-year-old boy loses part of finger in game machine in Nara

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A 2-year-old boy lost the tip of the forefinger of his left hand after he got it stuck in the change slot of a game machine at an arcade in Kashiba City, Nara Prefecture, on Sunday.

According to police, the boy came to the arcade, which is part of a clothing retail area, together with his mother, grandmother and older brother. The boy put his finger into the slot around 2:15 p.m. while he was playing with the brother. However, his finger got stuck, and when he tried to pull it out, the tip of the finger was torn off.

Police said the boy was taken to hospital and is a stable condition.

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Unbeleivable. So poorquality of machine. Maker should be sued and child compensated. Love to the kid.

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the arcade, which is part of a clothing retail area

People take their kids shopping and dump them in these arcades while they browse. Not a good idea. The kid should be allowed 50~100 yen to spend on the machine of his choice, after he's followed Mum around the shops, not instead of.

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Trying to figure out who's at fault here, but can't.

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Looks like there might be a hinged metal flap hanging over the slot to stop the change from bouncing out. Put your finger in there and then your brother pulls you away... ?

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Considering the size of that machine, I'm guessing that "2 years old" is a little lower than the "recommended age of use". If it is written anywhere on the machine, it will void any liability on the part of the maker. IMHO the parent or guardian should be held liable in this case.

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I just can't see how this makes national news. Local news, maybe.

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I thought it was common sense to keep both eyes on any child under 5 in a public place but I guess it isn't here, and that's what you get.

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I thought it was common sense to keep both eyes on any child under 5 in a public place but I guess it isn't here, and that's what you get.

I do not think that a parent should be paranoid about a kid playing with a game machine. Your criticism is way to harsh. The machine manufacturer is at fault. Not the parents. The parents can expect a nice pay day for this.

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Sammi 33, it is common sense,

But you see mommy can't shop for all important LV, play Pachinko, or smoke on the train platform and watch junior at the same time. Just yesterday at Nagoya Station my 10 year old daughter saved a 5 year old girl from walking off the train platform. Mom was oblivious smoking at the ash can. We took the girl to her mom and what did mom say, "Dame desu". to the child, and not a even a thank you to my child.

Some people just should not breed, end of story.

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He was playing it with his brother, who was presumably older. The parents may have left them together, but you would think that a childs play area would at the very least be safe for children to play in. Even if the parents were standing over them, it would be difficult to monitor their every exact movement, as every parent knows.

A liability disclaimer on a toy clearly designed for children would carry no weight in avoiding liability. Compensation is due, but in Japan it will probably be very little in comparison to the guilt and anger that the family will feel over this.

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Doesn't it hurt to pull the end of your own finger off? When the pain got to a certain threshold, did the kid think, 'I'm from samurai stock; I can handle this.' or what?

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but there are lots of dangerous machinery in the game center. Moving arcade games on hydraulics, moving components and heavy parts, doors, gas pressured chairs, seat belts, cables, hot surfaces, sharp corners and so on.

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while he was playing with the brother.

???? 2 years old was playing a game? WoW!

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I betcha that boy stays away from game machines for awhile.

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I'm waiting for the new law that bans game machines....

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I think that it's unfortunate that the child lost the tip of his finger in the machine, but I wouldn't exactly blame the manufacturer of the machine. How else would you get a coin into a machine without the slot.. It's been a while since I was 2 but I can imagine that the slot is small enough for a kid to put his finger in on any machine.

No one's fault except the kids.

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I don't know why the kid could get his finger into a coin slot or how far. Maybe the edges were sharp or the back side of the metal plate was not de-burred after the slot was knocked in it. But I think this is not big news and I doubt that the kid lost much of his finger. Anybody got any more details?

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The result...Ban all machines with change slots, and make only machines that don't give change.

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