Iwate Bans Cutlery


As part of the “dagger knife” ban instigated after the Akiba stabbing spree, a Japanese prefecture has banned knives used to prepare oysters “for being too pointy.”

The knives in question are widely used by fishermen and chefs in the preparation of oysters. Since the law bans “double edged blades over 5.5cm long” and “blades with a very sharp point,” police have decided that the knives are illegal and must be banned.


In an exemplary use of police resources, they confiscated 10 of the blades from local merchants whilst informing them of the new rules.

However, they generously offer to inspect the blades of actual tradesmen to see if they are legal, though just what criteria it is they use to determine whether the blade is “too pointy” is anyone’s guess, and they resort to excusing their vagueness by saying it is “case-by-case”.

Those convicted of possessing such a dangerous blade can face up to a three year prison sentence.

There do not appear to have been any cases of rogue oyster chefs rampaging about Iwate, so the only explanation is perhaps that police have nothing better to do.

Via Itai News.

Expect a case-by-case ban on screwdrivers next…

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    Comment by Anonymous
    17:29 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fucking japanese pigs. Never do a day of real policework (eg chasing down that guy they let WALK PAST HIM ON THEIR WAY UP THE STAIRS TO ARREST HIM FOR MURDER- oh wait, he's not important since he only killed a foreigner), instead just pick on the easy targets. I remember watching a dozen of them shaking down some otaku in Akiba last summer, went on for a good hour with them trying to bully him the whole time for looking 'suspicious' (as if every otaku in akiba doesn't look shifty).

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    Comment by TC-man
    16:22 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow, now banning these small knives which are needed for the seafood business in Iwate. Is the Japanese police not skipping some steps in the process; shouldn't the Parliament and the Government make a bill for this prohibition since this affects all the fishermen, chefcooks etc. in the prefecture in their practice of their professions/jobs. The fishermen and cooks should go to the judge and let the judge see whether it's illegal or not. And what about the butcher knifes?

    Everything could be used as a weapon, e.g. a chair, a hammer, an axe, a saw, a baseball bat, a golf club etc.. Ban these too?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:35 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You hit the nail on the head. This is a knee-jerk reaction and blaming the implement when they should be blaming the person who did this crime or, at least, what DROVE him to this crime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:22 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Next they ban walking sticks because you can club someone to death with it. The old people sure will like that...

    Comment by バカも一芸
    21:41 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yet one more case of Japan recognizing a serious social issue and FREAKING THE FUCK OUT until they are no longer able to make rational decisions.

    Japan, CALM THE FUCK DOWN. Seriously.

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    Comment by tingle
    21:39 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm in America and own a gun (so much of the land here is rural we need it as a tool for dealing with wildlife, and because police response time is measured in hours.) so I find this REALLY hilarious.

    Here is something from Britain you should all laugh at.

    Knife bans solve nothing. People in prison still make shivs. I can understand gun bans, though I'm glad it's not banned in the states but knife bans are RETARDED!

    Comment by overlord
    23:12 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gun bans only take the guns out of the hands of the people that follow the laws so they don't really work since criminals get their guns illegally in the first place, i.e. black market.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:52 16/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sure, but most people get killed by legally bought weaponry...

    Comment by overlord
    11:04 16/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    But not by the owner of the legally bought weaponry. Its usually by the person who stole the legally bought weapon. Ted Bundy confessed before his execution that he admitted to raping/killing 30 women. There wasn't a gun in his rape kit, they were either strangled or stabbed with an ice pick.

    Comment by Waterfall Towers
    21:34 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why not ban humans?

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    Comment by ChonnyD
    15:16 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    See in America, citizens have the right to bear arms.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:31 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    yes the right to put bear arms on the wall

    Comment by Kortaku
    09:36 16/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    why does it have to be on the wall? i carry mine to work everyday.

    Comment by Marine-RX179
    15:25 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The next thing you know, they'd be banning men from walking down the street because the 'weapons' they carrying are too 'dangerous' for the women...

    Comment by Orio94
    16:00 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    [sarcasm/]AWW DAMNIT, NOW THAT KNIFES ARE GONE HOW AM I GONNA GO ON A MURDEROUS RAMPAGE?! I guess I'll just have to give up on that idea then and become a model citizen of society....*sigh*

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:09 16/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Might I suggest a Barbed Wire Baseball Bat?
    Or maybe a cricket bat with nails driven into it.


    Comment by Kortaku
    09:37 16/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i think a car will be the best option...3500 lbs of fast moving steel.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    15:59 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i see this as justified. there are specially made knives for these things that have rounded and dull edges

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:36 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't see it as justified, because those rounded edge knives simply DO NOT WORK at well as these pointy knives, that's why chefs use them and even people doing seafood in their homes use them.

    Comment by overlord
    23:11 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can't wait to see what they do when someone's resourceful enough to do a stabbing with scissors. They'll be banning scissors next, god forbid they notice the guy that committed the akiba stabbings was fucked up in the head.

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    Comment by Ward
    22:07 04/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    wow i met shanks become common in japan because of this

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:17 21/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Youd think Japan police would had more important things to do than... you know... confiscating sharp objects that ARE supposed to be sharp and pointy

    Comment by Pinocchio
    12:11 21/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i first know this matter from Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei 2nd ep...
    never know this is for real...

    Comment by Fonzer
    00:09 16/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    why not ban banning instead so they can't ban anything anymore.

    Comment by hALOTOO
    23:51 16/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Amen to that

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    Comment by dzodzu
    01:41 16/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Police have nothing better to do => THIS!!
    But I don't get it what's the point? you can murder using bananas if you really want to...
    In USA you can buy legally something like this without problem:

    Comment by IcewindDude
    08:27 16/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Damnit! My plans foiled again...

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:46 16/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    dumb enough that i can't get a butterfly knife for fun.

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    Comment by Leon
    14:55 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bans are everywhere now...

    Comment by Firo
    20:11 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    New trend?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:52 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Like my toothpick, those blade seem too dangerous, I'm glad they had been banned.

    Comment by Hangmen
    12:56 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Holy shit. This is something that Britain should've done! It makes sense that after they ban guns, they should ban knives as well! That should decrease the number of stabbing cases to zero and turn Britain into the safest country in the world.

    *awesome face*

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:56 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Most retarded thing I've ever read. There isn't really anything you CAN'T use as a weapon. Criminals will just use something else.

    Comment by Anonymous coward
    16:09 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yup, let's take this pencil for example - want to see a magic trick?

    Comment by Kortaku
    13:46 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Knives are critical tools for many outdoor working men. Knives are also critical for kitchen duties and other cases. In reality, although many may carry EDC knives and/or combat knives, murder can be done just as easily with a large sashimi blade, which is often more honed and edged than combat blades. Kitchen knives are often sharper due to their purposeful of fine (or unfine) cooking but have less durable metals. Combat knives (which law enforcement fear greatly) are made of often heavy durable steels but these are often less sharp in comparison to kitchenware.

    So in conclusion,if someone was going to commit murder, theyd probably anything around, say something from the kitchen.

    Comment by Kortaku
    14:21 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    they'd probably "use" anything around.

    Comment by MelancholyMomo
    23:34 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    'Any tool is a weapon if you hold it right.'

    and.. why are they blaming the tools..

    like someone said.. 'Why not ban humans?'

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    Comment by a lolicon
    13:28 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)



    Sweden is already banning the carrying of knives. It doesn't work.

    *awesome face*

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:55 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It would seem as though Japan is becoming what is probably my biggest fear ever.

    A Utopian society.

    Now I'm not saying it's great over there or anything, quite the opposite in fact. By trying to force peace in the public you end up taking away individual rights...

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:07 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thats a 'dystopia.' Oppression of rights is only the controllers' idea of 'utopia'.

    Comment by Pantsukon
    12:53 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    For some reasons, it makes me really hungry.

    Comment by Kaiji
    12:32 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Something in that top image has been whited out...

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    Comment by Artefact

    Curious isn't it.

    Comment by Olias
    12:43 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh you...

    Comment by Sheepdog
    12:49 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Holy wow what couldve been there!?! Indeed it is very curious...

    Comment by SnooSnoo
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    Comment by LunarSD
    15:59 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Good thing I saw this comment pile, or I'd still be puzzling as to why the filename is "oyster-shelling-bishoujo-uncensored.jpg"?

    I was like... what on earth would they have originally censored in this? question answered.

    Though it would have been more clever to have censored her shelling tool, given the article content.

    Comment by Kortaku
    13:42 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    who is she? and my god, your talent for cover pictures must be legendary on these nets of inter.

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    Comment by Artefact

    Thanks, I will use this version.

    Comment by anomynous
    12:18 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Governments seem to ban alot of shit just for teh lulz these days.

    Comment by The Beast
    16:13 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Here is a comparison with USA who still has guns and Japan who bans large blades.

    The American Old West: main weapons - guns
    Feudal Japan: main weapons - katanas

    United States of America: main weapons - guns and missiles
    Japan: main weapons - ????

    Holy Britannian Empire: main weapons - Knightmare Frames
    United States of Japan: main weapons - Zero

    Comment by Echuu
    22:14 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    More like

    United States of America: main weapons – guns, tanks and missiles
    Japan: main weapons – RX-78-2 "Gundam"

    Comment by Cantido
    03:01 17/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Joke Slayer man.

    Comment by The Beast
    07:40 16/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Right now RX-78-2 can't destroy anything, it just sits there, has pretty lights, smokes, and nods. It can't do any harm, so it's not a weapon.

    Comment by weee
    15:13 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    effects of the internets are affecting even the politicians... they also love lulz!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:45 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It helps some of the more illogical among the masses feel safer at night.

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    Comment by XIII
    12:23 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    they avoiding "NICE BOAT" at all cost!

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