Homeless men pelted with eggs by youth gang in Matsuyama

MATSUYAMA —

Police are looking for a gang of youths who pelted homeless men with eggs last month in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture.

According to Open Hand Matsuyama, a support group for homeless people, at least three homeless men were attacked seven times between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. during the two weeks from Feb 7 to Feb 20, Sports Nippon reported Wednesday.

One of the victims claimed that the group of up to six boys were aged between 10 and 20. He said they threw eggs at him twice a day for four days. “I couldn’t sleep because I was scared,” he was quoted as saying.

Another man said he was pelted with at least 20 eggs on the street and that the group was laughing at him all the time.

Open Hand Matsuyama said it found eggs splattered on the walls in an underground passageway where the homeless men sleep. 

Police said they are analyzing surveillance camera footage to try and identify the boys.

Japan Today

  • -7

    gogogo

    An egging is top page news... only in Japan :)

  • 10

    HongoTAFEinmate

    An egging is top page news... only in Japan

    Probably not in the mainstream press petal, only here on Japan Today. Indeed, what would JT be if it didn't throw some morsels to incite the baying hounds?

    It might be just eggs to some, but more important than what was thrown is the issue of the act itself. Today eggs, tomorrow tomatoes (in tins). The next day a nice tire necklace and a bottle of kerosene. Anyone for a BBQ? Escalation is just a matter of time considering the group dynamics. The cops need to catch these youngsters quickly and show them one of the more obscure uses for a phone book before somebody (innocent) gets hurt.

  • -15

    Disillusioned

    Slow news day, huh? Maybe the point of the article is, the homeless could have eaten the eggs instead of having them pelted at them. Let's hope these hard boiled criminals are captured quickly and their charges are not eggagerated.

  • 2

    Utrack

    Thank Goodness it was not worse....

  • 5

    vanostran

    What's with cruel bullying in japan? Are people really that insecure there?

  • 13

    slumdog

    Maybe the point of the article is

    I think the point of the article is that gangs of young people are attacking innocent people. The weapon of choice strikes me as way secondary to the violence these young people have shown.

  • -5

    Lowly

    Not nice. But a hundred times better than stones.

  • 2

    bass4funk

    I've been in egg fights before and it's not a joke, you get pelted properly and those sharp shells can cut you, you can get bruised, yes, it's better than stones, but still hurts like sh**! I feel sorry for the guy. Hope they catch these thugs!

  • 9

    commanteer

    The future homeless pelting the current homeless.

  • 8

    FightingViking

    @commanteer

    The future homeless pelting the current homeless

    This could be very true - "what comes around goes around" however, having been brought up to "respect" not only people in general but especially those in a worse position than myself, I was also brought up to NEVER waste food. I hope these spoilt brats are caught and punished for their cowardly acts then deprived of food for a week, just give them some water. I know they won't die from it because I spent a whole week without food when I was a student. However, it should teach them a lesson..

  • 4

    CrazyJoe

    Everyone on the street has their own story of how they got here. The only common denominator between them is that somewhere along the line they gave up on life. Hope they catch the bastards.

  • 1

    tezbo2014

    Is it Halloween already?? We use to throw Eggs on Halloween in the States, let them rot for awhile though.. But I am sorry for the homeless, could eat the eggs instead of wearing them.. Hope this kids get caught because first eggs then next motif cocktails.

  • 10

    spahnmatthew

    Is a homeless man less of a man because he is homeless? Apparently, those kids think so. These thugs acted with cruelty and malice -- and for what, because one man possesses fewer material possessions than another?

    I hope that the shame they will bring upon themselves and their families once they are identified will spur them to change their way of being. First step is owning their problem; second is to apologize to that innocent man, whom they have tormented.

  • -1

    kaimycahl

    Sad future for youths in a country that is "SUPPOSE" to be so safe!

  • 5

    Knox Harrington

    Unfortunately, this is just a display of of how the Japanese society as a whole looks upon the homeless. The eggs are not the problem. The disturbingbthing is that young people look upon a fellow human as something worth humiliating. Nothing good can ever come from this. Young people like this are taught by their elders and as such,mprobably have unhealthy views on human interaction brought from home. Not all of them, but definitely some...

    Damn, I wish Japan would thaw a little bit.

  • 2

    Kobuta Chan

    If they found those thugs and then they should be sending to volunteer work with Open Hand Matsuyama, a support group for homeless people for 6 months. They must understand no one wanted to sleep in the park. They need to educate about life. I think Japan will benefit from adding moral education in school. Most today youths are rude and copying wrong attitude from American's rap culture. Children in School should teach how Japanese peoples have to eat and live after WWII.

  • 0

    Fukuppy

    Come on, Japan, you (should) know better than this!

  • 2

    alimel1969

    Technically these boys are homeless. They don't own or rent, their parents do. The only thing they "own" is their crappy attitudes and arrogance. Should they be treated in the same manner then?

  • -1

    Noliving

    Slow news day, huh?

    Sentiment is kind of sad when you think about it, a slow news day is considered when nothing really bad happens. If only scientific research advancements were given the same treatment as criminal activities....

  • 0

    toshiko

    The shell of eggs must have fingerprints. But if the person who threw eggs do not have prior arrest record, can't find who did/ Hope the camera catches culprits. I doubt very much other homeless people did. So many eggs, If a homeless person can afford to buy that many eggs, he/she probably get some food or eat eggs.

  • 2

    Horenzo

    reminds me of a story a long long time ago near yokusuka base, there was some off base housing and an old jn man used to pick up the aluminum beer cans etc, around the navy housing area now non existent. Well some young jn punks thought he was homeless, and tried to get at him. Well this old chap I guess had been around Americans for a while, he pulled out a knife, and dam near maded sushi out of them...LOL...living on base can be very safe..from a lot of JN incidents...

  • 1

    FightingViking

    @Noliving

    a slow news day is considered when nothing really bad happens

    So, in your opinion, it's "not really bad" to pelt homeless people with eggs ? It is really bad in SO many ways but if you can't see that, I hope you don't have any children or they may be "dragged up" in the same way.

  • 1

    debicchi

    Just an shame for this act…

  • -2

    gaihonjin

    CrazyJoeMAR. 12, 2014 - 06:55PM JST Everyone on the street has their own story of how they got here. The only common denominator between them is that somewhere along the line they gave up on life.

    Many homeless men in Japan are ducking yakuza, usually because of debts.

  • 3

    UsagitoSaru

    disgusting little brats. Kids as young as 10 years old doing this type of thing? Their parents should be ashamed of raising such horrid children. People acting like this is a joke..how would you like to be attacked every night while trying to sleep being pelted with up to 20 eggs while these horrible monsters laughed at you?

  • -1

    kaimycahl

    @ Toshiko

    The shell of eggs must have fingerprints. But if the person who threw eggs do not have prior arrest record, can't find who did/ Hope the camera catches culprits.

    Trying to find the finger prints on the egg shells of the person who threw them is like trying to find the chicken who hatched the egg!!! I agree you would probably have a better chance at catching them with footage on from a camera! Common DUDE!!! Whats with that?

  • 0

    Noliving

    So, in your opinion, it's "not really bad" to pelt homeless people with eggs ? It is really bad in SO many ways but if you can't see that, I hope you don't have any children or they may be "dragged up" in the same way.

    Sigh.....

    Hmmm lets see here Disillusioned comment was that it was a slow news day, implying the only news that really matters are homicides or some major scandal and that any good news such as scientific achievements are not really worthy news stories on "non slow days" when it comes to the news.

    Considering Disillusioned comment is basically saying aggravated assault or homicides or rape are really the only crimes that matter than yes compared to those crimes throwing eggs at the homeless is not really bad. If you wish to state that homicide, rape and aggravated assault are just as bad as throwing eggs at a homeless person go ahead but I disagree. I don't think it is equivalent, I do think it is a very A-holish thing to do.

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