Man pushed onto train tracks by commuter angry at his listening to loud music

Japanese rail companies are known for implementing manners campaigns, where they ask passengers to consider the comfort of fellow commuters with reminders torefrain from talking on the phone and speaking too loudly while onboard.
The ads and posters they bring out are usually aimed at keeping noise levels down during daily commutes, but nowthey might need to place a greater focus on how to positively deal with noise levels too, following a dangerous incident that occurred on the weekend.
On the night of June 7,a commuter became angry at the noise being emitted from a fellow passengers earbuds, and after they alighted atChigasaki Stationin Tokyos neighboring Kanagawa Prefecture at around 9:40 p.m., he pushed him, causing him to fall off the platform and onto the tracks.
The 30-year-old man who was pushed attempted to pull himself back up onto the platform. However, the 40-year-old assailant kicked him in the face numerous times, inflicting bruises and other injuries, police said Monday.
Police arrested the suspect on June 8. Reports say the man who was arrested sayshe wanted to teach the man a lesson for carelessly disrupting others with the noise from his headphones, and claims the man making the noise picked a fight with him. While he admits to pushing the man with both hands on both his shoulders,he denies deliberately throwing him onto the tracks, saying he didnt expect him to fall off the platform.
People in Japan were obviously disturbed by the incident, taking to social media with comments like:
I wonder if this could be considered attempted murder?
Is this the state our society has fallen to?
I get annoyed when peoples headphones are too loud but I wouldnt push them off a platform for it.
Attempted murder for listening to music on your headphones? Scary.
Hes so lucky a train wasnt approaching.
While the charges against the suspect are yet to be made public, its true that the incident couldve been a lot worse for both parties, and many more commuters in the area, if a train had been approaching.
Sources:Sanspo,Livedoor NewsviaHachima Kiko
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