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Motorcyclist arrested for stopping suddenly in front of truck on expressway

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Kanagawa Prefectural Police have arrested a 44-year-old man on suspicion of violating the Road Traffic Law after he suddenly stopped his motorcycle in front of a truck on an expressway last year.

According to police, Shuichi Aida, a house painter residing in Tokyo's Ota Ward, was riding his motorcycle along the Tomei Expressway in Yamato City at around 4:35 p.m. on Nov 8, Sankei Shimbun reported. He then approached a 10-ton truck driven by a 22-year-old company employee and began tailgating it.

After Aida passed the truck, he stopped his motorbike suddenly, forcing the truck driver to slam on his brakes. The sudden halt caused cardboard boxes inside the truck to tumble out onto the road, damaging their contents.

Police said Aida was arrested on Tuesday. He was identified after the incident was captured on the truck's dashcam and through security camera footage along the expressway.

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The trucker should've had his load secured.

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I really dont know.... lack of parent's affection? Too much stress at work?

I ride/drive big trucks, small cars and motorcycles everyday here in Tokyo area and I cant spend a whole week without someone tailgating me, especially when riding bikes. The first thing I do is to slow down right away and proceed veeery slowly but without disturbing the traffic. 100% of time the drivers keep a respectful distance after that.

Just not sure if it makes them aware of their reckless dangerous driving or if the person is just a jerk that enjoy putting other peoples' lives in danger, but I always find it very disturbing so many people enjoy threatening complete strangers on the roads in this "omotenashi" Japan. Never happens with female drivers though.

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A fool on a motorbike brake checked a truck? He’s lucky he’s not dead! What an idiot!

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finally rich - I do the same as you ~ slow down very slowly and pump the brakes lightly to get them to pass or back off. I feel there is an underlining attitude to seek revenge or power through road-rage because of the social pressures and lack of mental support in the country.

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Osaka_Doug there were a few occasions I got so nervous I simply slowed down and start flipping the bird (while on my motorcycle, would never do it while showing my face and tarnish foreigners’ poor reputation), the drivers reacted slowing down and bowing apologetically, problem is this place is so twisted you cannot even tell if the driver is that clueless or just another episode of japanese cynism to avoid confrontation.

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as a fellow biker, I can tell this guy he's an idiot, and very lucky he's alive.

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Why would someone on a bike brake check a truck? Darwin awards winner for sure.

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Not sure about other drivers and readers, but J police don't give tickets for speeding or illegal turns, overparking, parking where posted signs clearly state no parking, etc. So its pretty much a free for all except aggressive driving the new law. This sends drivers of all ages go as fast as you pretty much can go but just don't hit anyone. Oh and forget using the turn signals I don't know why mfgs even bother in putting them in vehicles, more than 50% don't use them anyway. Remember no tickets means go faster because the J police will not stop you to give out tickets for speeding in Japan. Dont' believe, just park and watch the speeders and the J police cruising while speeders zoom on by.

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Rgcivilian, and you base your assumption on what?

but J police don't give tickets for speeding or illegal turns, overparking, parking where posted signs clearly state no parking, etc. 

In 20 years, I got a speed ticket, a parking one, and not a turn, but an lane change one. That's just my personal experience, but you can find police stats if you have the time/interest

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44 years old and acts like a fool. Sad.

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I have gotten speeding tickets. And while walking everyday I see cops pulling people over for many things, except stop signs. Those are just decorations.

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My theory, after three decades here is, that police and their officers make decision based on the car. Over the years, i've seen so many situations where cops did not react (stop signs mentioned above are true, they are just decorations) to something obvious and rather waste time with something so petty it made me surprised.

Few years ago, I saw a guy in Nagoya, who U-turned while the orange light was almost to turn red (but he made through orange). And the pedestrians in Nagoya are trying to cut every second, so one guy entered the zebra crossing a split second before the light turned green. Maybe his foot touched the ground when it was red. I couldn't tell. And the U-turned car nearly hit him and just went away. A パトカー appeared on our right, turned the lights on and an officer stepped outside. They didn't bother with the car that u-turned, but instead went for the guy who (maybe) entered the crossing a split second before the light turned green.

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I can tell people’s prefecture by their driving.

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He then approached a 10-ton truck driven by a 22-year-old company employee and began tailgating it.

After Aida passed the truck, he stopped his motorbike suddenly, forcing the truck driver to slam on his brakes.

My understanding of this incident (from what I saw on the news) is that the truck driver was in the right hand lane and decided to change to the left, and half way in doing this realized the bike was there, so he went back into the right hand lane. This is what upset the bike rider. Now the context of the incident in this article doesn't even show that. It's trying to show that the truck driver drove with no faults of his own.

I'm not defending the bike rider's actions though! Dangerous, not only for him, but for all other road users. What an idiot!

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Robert Cikki, painting with a broad brush there. I can personally attest that Japanese police do, in fact give tickets...

5 ( +5 / -0 )

I too can attest, J police do give out tickets and locally they will stop anyone using a mobile or any other misdemeanor

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A fool on a motorbike brake checked a truck? He’s lucky he’s not dead! What an idiot!

Spot on.

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I can tell people’s prefecture by their driving.

Make a list, that would be hilarious.

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They didn't bother with the car that u-turned, but instead went for the guy who (maybe) entered the crossing a split second before the light turned green.

That's because the u-turning car did not break any traffic laws, having completed his maneuver before the light turned red for him, while the pedestrian "jaywalked" (no pun intended) by stepping into the street while the light was red for him.

That is, assuming your description of events was correct.

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