Woman's face burned with alkaline solution in store attack

TOKYO —

A woman was attacked with a strong alkaline liquid in a store at a train station in Tokyo’s Ota Ward on Friday night.

According to police, the 19-year-old woman was working at a confectionery store at JR Omori Station at around 7 p.m. when she was attacked from behind by an assailant who threw a clear liquid into her face, TBS reported. She was quoted by police as saying she was unable to see the assailant.

Police on Saturday arrested the assailant who was an ex-boyfriend of the woman. 

Police say the woman sustained burns to her face and back in the attack, thought to have been caused by a strong alkaline agent that was detected in the liquid.

Japan Today

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    kimuzukashiiiii

    That is absolutely terrifying, especially if there was no motive. Were there no witnesses? If it was at work, surely there would be security cameras?

    For a woman, to be scarred like this is a horrible thing to have to live with, even if her face is eventually unscarred.

    I hope she makes a complete recovery, poor girl.

  • 1

    sillygirl

    This is scary even if she knew the attacker. Way too many attacks just this week.

  • 2

    TokyoGas

    Horrible.

  • -2

    Disillusioned

    Jilted boyfriend for sure! Or, should that be, boy fiend?

  • 1

    OrangeXenon54

    I really don't understand these "acid attacks" in Asia. Where do you even buy that stuff?? Here's hoping that she has a full recovery and that they catch the man responsible.

  • 5

    timeon

    Orange, it was alkaline. You can buy at any store an alkaline solution for clogged drainage "pipeman"), that's what the guy probably used. I hope her eyes are ok, alkaline is very dangerous for the eyes.

  • 2

    cramp

    whoa, hope the psychos are not taking a page outta the pakistanis

  • 0

    Ari94

    Very sad hope she will recover soon.

  • 2

    House Atreides

    whoa, hope the psychos are not taking a page outta the pakistanis

    There was also a recent acid attack on Sergei Filin, the artistic director of the Bolshoi.

    I hope they have video of the assailant. The sooner he or she is caught the better. I wouldn't rule out the attacker being a woman though. There have been a number of incidents where a woman has attacked another woman with acid.

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    hereforever

    For those of you who are not familiar with that station, it is packed at 7pm on a Friday. Why no one helped catch the loser is beyond me.

  • 1

    Dukeleto

    Shame, what a terrible thing to do to anyone. This person who did this is a coward of the nth degree. Poor girl I hope she makes a full recovery and is not mentally scarred by the ordeal. I hope the police catch this guy and really throw the book at him.

  • 1

    tokyo-star

    cmon, Ive had fallings out with exes, but just let them be ffs. This is going too far.

  • 0

    smithinjapan

    hereforever: "For those of you who are not familiar with that station, it is packed at 7pm on a Friday. Why no one helped catch the loser is beyond me."

    It's Japan. Sure, they'll all talk about it to the media and say how horrible it was, but to actually do something about it is rare, here. There ARE some occasions where people do, and I hope if they cannot step forward at least all the anti-crime cameras were actually on. Poor woman.... what a horrible thing. I pray the police catch the guy. April has literally had every day a stabbing, axe attack, or some other horrific crime. Be careful, people.

  • 5

    Cos

    Where do you even buy that stuff?

    In any supermarket. Most cleaning products are dangerous when used in an improper way. That's like kitchen knives. We can always ban weapons and restrict access to concentrated products to industry, but there will always be things the weirdos can use.

  • 1

    BurakuminDes

    I just hope the poor lady recovers somehow - physically and mentally. Sadly there is a very real chance her life is effectively destroyed. This cowardly, violent maniac must be caught soon, and locked away for the term of his natural life. I also hope there are not a spate of copycat attacks: this form of extreme violence toward women is usually only seen in India and Islamic culture. Japan does not need more problems.

  • 0

    Viviana Guadagno

    in Japan ????? It's sad !

  • -3

    Abdella

    I would not make the assumption about the gender of the assailant.

  • 2

    gyroman

    These cowardly attacks are way too common in India. And like cos pointed out, this stuff is daily use, easily available. However, unlike India I hope the assailants are found and hope they have to part with what they've taken of the poor lady's life which is for the rest

  • 0

    gyroman

    *of their lives

  • 0

    nigelboy

    For those of you who are not familiar with that station, it is packed at 7pm on a Friday. Why no one helped catch the loser is beyond me.

    Reality versus TV. The assailant poured a liquid over the victim. I seriously doubt anybody around knew exactly what the liquid was. In any case, it appears based on other reports that it's likely the work of her ex-boyfriend.

  • -1

    Extra Virgin Palm Oil

    attacked from behind by an assailant who threw a clear liquid into her face.<

    For those of you who are not familiar with that station, it is packed at 7pm on a Friday. Why no one helped catch the loser is beyond me.<

    Call in the detectives!

  • 1

    Shumatsu_Samurai

    I really don't understand these "acid attacks" in Asia. Where do you even buy that stuff??

    There was an acid attack in the UK not so long ago. And as Cos said, you can buy liquids that will burn skin from the supermarket.

  • 0

    Triumvere

    Oh god, not here too.

  • 0

    LH10

    i don't know about u guys but japan is really getting worse, well, in general the whole world is getting worse :(. don't take things for granted. be happy where u r at, what u got. i know i am. anyways for a women this really sucks i feel for her, i really hope those burn marks aren't so bad. but yeah these liquid type attacks are THE WORST i tear up for the victim all the time when i read em online or in the newspaper. so called safe japan lol no where in the whole world is it safe. so i really hate it when people say oh japan is safest place. come on no it isn't. the whole world is not a safe. hope they catch this bastard

  • 0

    602miko

    poor girl! hope she can recover soon this might bring her a in bigger trauma.

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    Kokashi

    Terrible.

  • -1

    WilliB

    Scary. That is the sort of story one is used to hearing from Pakistan and Afghanistan. But in Japan? I hope they catch the creep soon.

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    kiyoshiMukai

    This happens in the entire world.

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    Fadamor

    It must have caught it on video, because the article now says they've arrested the assailant who was an ex-boyfriend of the victim. I don't care how much of a biyaitch the girl might have been, there's no action that warrants this kind of response.

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