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Man held for allegedly kicking woman who was using smartphone before near-collision

Kyodo

A man has been arrested in the western Tokyo suburb of Machida after allegedly kicking a woman who was listening to music on her smartphone just before they nearly collided on a street, police said Monday.

Shoichi Nagai, 55, was arrested Friday on a charge of violent behavior, which he denied, the police said.

According to the police, Nagai was riding a bicycle Thursday when he and the woman almost collided. Nagai criticized her for being distracted by the smartphone and threatened her by showing off his chest tattoo and saying, “I’m a yakuza.”

The police have not confirmed whether the woman was looking at the smartphone’s screen at the time of the accident.

“I told her it was dangerous to use a smartphone while walking, but she didn’t apologize,” Nagai told the police.

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