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Elderly man breaks seat on train after being told to stop smoking

By Mason White 4:26 PM January 7, 2015
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By: Wayne Morin
An elderly man was arrested on charges of destruction of property after allegedly breaking a seat on a train, police in Japan said.

Hokkaido Police said that they have arrested 68-year-old Yoji Nishimura, after he caused train service to be suspended over his refusal to stop smoking.

According the police investigation, the incident occurred around 2:30 p.m. on Monday, in an express train from Sapporo to Kushiro.

At some point, Nishimura started smoking a cigarette inside the train. When the manager of the train told him to stop, he became enraged and broke a seat.

The train made an emergency stop at the Urahoro Station, where it remained for about 90 minutes, while police conducted their investigation.

Nishimura was charged with destruction of property and obstruction of business. Nishimura denied all the allegations.