48-year-old chiropractor acquitted of nunchaku possession charges

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TOKYO —

On March 8, Judge Kazuo Oizumi of the Hiroshima High Court reversed the weapon concealment conviction of a 48-year-old chiropractor. The previous conviction was handed down after a police officer discovered three pairs of nunchaku in the man’s car while questioning him in the parking lot of a convenience store.

The man had originally been fined 9,900 yen, but Judge Oizumi rescinded the punishment ruling that, “In modern times, nunchaku are used for legitimate purposes like as a hobby or martial art training exercise” and that “It was reasonable to assume someone would have a collection of them [in a car] to train with after work.”

A fair judgment seeing as nunchaku have to be one of the least effective weapons in existence. The fact that this man had three pairs only works in his favor as nunchaku are one of the few weapons in existence that are less effective the more you have of them. They’d just get tangled up. Don’t get me wrong. In the right hands, nunchaku are quite possibly the coolest thing on Earth. 

Here’s what readers of the news had to say:

“HYYYYyyyyaaaahhhhh!”
“Bruce Lee himself said that nunchaku have almost no offensive power and are only good for performance.”
“I would be more afraid of a guy wielding Joy-Con.”
“I guess some cop was trying to meet a quota.”
“The policeman who made the arrest was probably more of a Jackie Chan guy.”
“It was probably a good arrest. Anyone hanging out in a parking lot with nunchucks is up to no good.”

So it would appear that most are in agreement that nunchaku are hardly weapons and should be allowed to be carried freely in Japan.

Source: Asahi Shimbun via Hachima Kiko

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  • 2

    Monozuki

    The latest not-guilty ruling really drives the point home to me. Come to think of it, even a baseball bat can be a weapon if you wanted.

  • 2

    GW

    baseball bats** are** a weapon of CHOICE for young punks here, have been for ages!!

  • -4

    gaijin playa

    he could have been using it as a form of self-defense. ive had extensive experience in various martial arts weaponry, and nunchucks are practically useless if you dont know how to use them properly.

  • 1

    CoconutE3

    Police in Japan needs real jobs.

  • -1

    Aly Rustom

    baseball bats** are** a weapon of CHOICE for young punks here, have been for ages!!

    Exactly.

    Police in Japan needs real jobs.

    SOOOOO TRUE.

    Mideval weapons like the above, the sword, or even ninja stars and dirks are mainly used for martial arts. If I wanted to kill someone, I could easity purchase a kitchen knife or even a kama (sickle) for 100 yen from a 100 yen store. This arrest is ridiculous. I applaud the Judge's decision.

  • 1

    Mirai Hayashi

    ridiculous! Anything can be weaponized if you really want to.

  • 0

    Magnus Roe

    Although it's perfectly possible to hit yourself upon the head with them, I remember a case years ago where someone was beaten senseless with a pair after trying to assist a girl who was being threatened/robbed.

  • 1

    PerformingMonkey

    These are illegal? You can buy them in Nankin Machi.

  • 0

    MsDelicious

    I played with them a few times because it seemed very interesting. After about 15 minutes of slamming one of those things into the back of my head, I decided I would rather not.

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