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Group riding bikes through underground shopping mall in Osaka cause ruckus

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By SoraNews24

In Japan, there’s a common understanding that public places are spaces are to be respected, which is the reason why people talk quietly on public transport, hold back on eating while walking, and stand patiently in orderly queues.

It’s also the reason why you won’t find people performing rugby lineouts on trains and singing loudly in front of other passengers, so when a video appeared online showing a group riding bicycles through a shopping mall, people in Japan immediately saw red.

Take a look at the video below:

The clip shows at least six people riding their bicycles through an underground shopping mall at Osaka’s Namba Station, coming dangerously close to people walking through the area on more than one occasion.

According to Nankai Electric Railway Co., who manages the station building, this isn’t the first time the group has ridden bicycles through their premises, as the same thing happened in July this year.

Reports say the group is part of an Osaka-based performance team known for performing acrobatic moves on mountain bikes. Members range in age from their 20s to their 40s and they’ve appeared in numerous events and music videos.

The oldest member in his 40s apologized for the group’s actions, but doesn’t believe what they did is indicative of a wider social problem, saying:

“I acknowledge what we did was bad, so I apologize. However, all we did was lift our front tires to ride wheelies through the shopping area. Is that really such a social problem? I have some doubts. All I want to do is to increase and expand the bicycle competition population.”

People in Japan weren’t so sympathetic to the group’s reported intentions, leaving comments like:

“You’d think a man in his 40s would have more common sense than this.”

“This is like an elementary-school-student-level excuse for doing something.”

“This needs to be treated seriously as their actions could have dangerous consequences.”

“If they really want to film a cool video, they should get formal permission beforehand and pay a fee for it.”

“If they don’t realize how this inconveniences other people around them, they ought to be punished.”

“If they hit an old man or a pregnant woman, the social security costs will be enormous. It’ll ruin their lives and the lives of others.”

There could indeed be expensive and life-changing ramifications if an accident were to occur, and Nankai Electric Railway Co is aiming to stop this potential problem in its tracks, reporting the matter to police and working with them to ensure an event like this doesn’t happen again.

Osaka Prefectural Police say that if they catch the group violating laws and regulations, they will deal with them accordingly.

Source: Livedoor News via Jin

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“I acknowledge what we did was bad, so I apologize. However, all we did was lift our front tires to ride wheelies through the shopping area. Is that really such a social problem? I have some doubts. All I want to do is to increase and expand the bicycle competition population.”

At their age, they need a swift kick in the arse!

7 ( +9 / -2 )

Shock horror!!!News worthy?

-10 ( +3 / -13 )

disgusting, and up to 40 yrs old. Not even kids themselves do these things and have more manners.

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“I acknowledge what we did was bad, so I apologize. However, all we did was lift our front tires to ride wheelies through the shopping area. Is that really such a social problem? I have some doubts. All I want to do is to increase and expand the bicycle competition population.”

Contradictory, insincere, and doesn't even make sense. Bicycle competition population? Expand it how? By p-ing people off or by knocking them over?

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In Japan, there’s a common understanding that public places are spaces are to be respected

I completely disagree with this phrase in the article. The amount of people that don't care about others and just light up a cigarette anywhere shows that this statement isn't true.

10 ( +15 / -5 )

Where is mall security?

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Spike strips! That will slow them down.

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Just as stupid as the morons who cycle on street pavements, against the traffic flow on busy roads, and jump red lights.

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This was all over the tv days ago so I won’t bother to watch the video. Also because each time I saw it, it kind of made my blood boil. I loathe these kind of show-off, self-centered types who lack consideration for the safety of others.

Invalid CSRF

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Nice wheelie though. I'm just amazed that they didn't hit anybody

3 ( +4 / -1 )

You lot are making a big deal about his age. Lest we talk about Tony Hawk! If this is what a 40 year old does for fun, so be it! I play video games in my free time, listen to music in my home and other things. Does that make me "childish", "a moron" or "stupid"? And it is true, he didn't break any laws by poppin' a wheelie in a lightly crowded place. How many people were injured in the clip? Any property damage? What about noise pollution caused by these rapscallions? I'm not defending them or their actions, but would it be better if they were committing an ACTUAL punishable crime?

-4 ( +4 / -8 )

it reminded me of E.T. ... except these guys are a—holes . . .

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Just push them off the bike?

3 ( +7 / -4 )

I dare these cowards to go to one of the many gorges in Japan, with permission of course, and ride their wheelies up and down the path with a 30 meter cliff at their side. Not much different than the men-child with their loud motorcycles or a can of spray paint in their hands.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

That proves mall state of the art surveillance and thigh tech security at its best!

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Well, they got attention, which was the whole point, I guess.

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Not to keep beating the Kansai vs Kanto thing to death but I do see a lot more things happening at train stations and in trains in Kansai than I ever do in Kanto.

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"It's an outrage, I tell you, an outrage!" There are a hell of a lot of things more important for people to get up in arms over, but this one offers a chance to bond over condemning people who violate social norms, thus implicitly reaffirming group identity. Those interviewed for the article don't even realize they've been co-opted.

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The context for this story is Osaka city govt agreeing to convert 2 of 6 lanes on a section of Midosuji St. into exclusive bike lanes, maybe as part of the winning World Expo bid. It works great when the cyclists stay in their new zone, but at some bottlenecks around the station I have witnessed small groups of swerving riders sideswiping innocent pedestrians. Would be a shame if a citizen backlash meant the end of the bike lane experiment.

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It does not take much to be considered a criminal in Japan... Good skills though! I used to roller skate in the subway of Paris (the coating on the floor was super smooth), thrilling experience, bit dangerous I agree but i never made the news... nor those guy should.

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“You’d think a man in his 40s would have more common sense than this.”

“This needs to be treated seriously as their actions could have dangerous consequences.”

“If they don’t realize how this inconveniences other people around them, they ought to be punished.”

“If they hit an old man or a pregnant woman, the social security costs will be enormous. It’ll ruin their lives and the lives of others.”

...are just some of the thoughts I have whenever I witness the daily antics of cyclists who treat pavements/sidewalks as their personal expressways.

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“ I Distinctly heard a Ruckus” !

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Spike strips! That will slow them down.

good accidental shoulder charge will stop them, you can claim they ran into you. afterall who they going to believe hoons on bicycles or a members of the public walking by!?

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

More man boys trying to be "cool."

No one cares, really who are they trying to impress?

The only people that like this crap are JHS boys and other man boys.

The same as the bosuzoku, the wannabe singers at the eki, the one hit wonder "comedians", the guys at the gym that only go there to practice their shadow golf swings or baseball pitches. They think they are impressing people, but no one cares.

This also shows how theres a lack of repercussions for hoodlums in society. The reasons why these fools do it is because they can. No one is going to punish them for their actions.

Do you see people doing this in other countries, maybe. But if they get caught, they get fined or arrested. Not in Japan. You can pretty much do whatever you want. And they are proving it.

Namba? I've been there a million times. No one is out there patrolling the area. Of course they are gonna do it. Make some actual arrests or fines, guaranteed they won't do it again.

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Where is mall security?

You mean 80 year-old men with ill-fitting, cheap, epaulette-laden uniforms?!

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Gosh, I have thought in their teens.

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I play video games in my free time, listen to music in my home and other things. Does that make me "childish", "a moron" or "stupid"? 

You are not annoying the heck out of other people and behaving in a slightly dangerous manner. People walk through these places with their guard down. They don't expect to encounter a speeding bike. The shouting at each other is annoying as well.

When kids do it, we understand they are acting out. It's wrong, but understandable. A 40 year old man-child, though? That's pathetic.

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Yeah, Namba City, where it looks like they are riding is completely off limits to bicycle riding. His excuse of "we were only lifting the wheel up" is awful. Why can't he show off next door, by Namba Parks? There's plenty of outside room downstairs...

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Osaka Prefectural Police say that if they catch the group violating laws and regulations, they will deal with them accordingly.

"If" they catch them??? So video of them committing the law breaking acts and their group's leader's own admission is not good enough evidence? SHM....

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