en.rocketnews24.com – by Casey Baseel – Be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it. Japanese society is extremely peaceful, and being considerate to others is widely considered an admirable virtue. However, sometimes being accommodating of others’ requests can, ironically, clash with being non-confrontational.
Shortly before noon last Sunday, police officers in Osaka’s Higashi Nodamachi neighborhood stopped a pair of pedestrians for questioning on a street corner near the Kyobashi train station. One man, 25-year-old Chotai Ideo, responded by pulling out a butterfly knife, threatening the officers with “You’re going to get hurt if you don’t get out of my way” and the more direct “I’ll kill you!”