Vigilante Gang vs Looter “If We Kill Him, Who’d Know?”


Armed vigilante gangs patrolling for looters in Japan’s lawless disaster zones have been coming under scrutiny after reports surfaced of one group brutalising an unresisting looter they cornered, in a scene which would be more associated with post-apocalyptic fiction than Japan’s supposedly orderly response to the devastating quake.

A member of an NPO conducting relief operations in the area accompanied a vigilante corps on their patrols of a ruined Iwate prefecture port town, and reported frontier justice is in effect:

“This port town suffered devastating damage from the tsunami, and the law and order situation has been deteriorating.

A surviving group of firemen formed a vigilante corps to patrol a district, mostly comprised of ruined houses.

The trouble started on the second day of patrols.”

The vigilante group were patrolling ruined houses at 1AM when they spotted a suspicious vehicle. After checking inside, they found a man in his forties rummaging through a room.

“Who’s he?”

When he noticed the group, he immediately tried to flee.

“You’re a looter then!?”

The 5 vigilantes soon cornered him. He started swinging a crowbar around.

However, the 5 had armed themselves with iron pipes for defence. After a scuffle, the man was subdued.

The problem was what came after…

“The 5 men started beating and kicking the man. He had already stopped resisting.

I told them ‘It’ll be dangerous if you don’t stop’ but the vigilante leader just said ‘With a guy like this, with things as they are even if we leave him as a corpse nobody would know, would they?’

Things got a bit heated there…”

After this the NPO staffer persuaded them to hand him over to police, who were summoned afterwards. As the man came at them with the crowbar first, the vigilantes were held to be blameless.

Japan has been praised for an orderly response to the crisis and a general absence of the style of Mad Max anarchy observed under in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, but with large areas devoid of power, police or people, opportunists have been attracted all the same, and police in the region report making a number of arrests for looting and even rape.

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    Avatar of rs
    Comment by rs
    19:39 13/04/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    You wa shock!

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:47 13/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)


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    20:29 14/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by Kwily
    07:45 18/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    13:10 21/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by Riiya932
    19:42 13/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    you wa shock!-mind.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Every post-apocalyptic corner of the world must have mohawks riding on any kind of vehicles, and people who have the power to beat them up.

    Avatar of Sid Vicious
    Comment by Sid Vicious
    20:22 13/04/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Crowbar? It was Gordon Freeman?

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    Comment by errorist
    20:25 13/04/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Probably looting crates for ammo and medkits.

    Edit: and probably thinking "Oh God, where have I woken up this time? What year is this?"

    Avatar of obro
    Comment by obro
    21:23 13/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Holy shit I just realized...this is viral commercial for Episode 3!!

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    Comment by boneless
    18:18 15/04/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Valve, you fucking geniuses…

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:59 14/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fallout3 style....medkits ..rad away...
    In time..radscorpions..mutant ants...ghouls :P

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    Comment by Aqualung25
    09:22 14/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    keep a lookout for Zombines and Barnacles! *slurp slurp slurp*

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:14 14/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    and worst of all...Deathclaws!

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:55 14/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    That bastard deserved it!! he was TrYinG To sTeAl ANTLER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111

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    Comment by Eddyak
    00:27 14/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    If it was Gordon Freeman, they'd all be dead, and he'd have about sixty weapons by the end of the day.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    11:28 14/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yep the story would read five men found with skulls crushed in.

    Comment by Anonymous

    so the headcrabs got him this time?

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    Comment by Riiku

    Who the fuck cares about looters. This homes belong to no one now. Or are people gonna come back for their smashed posessions?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:30 13/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    It's still their property, moron. And yes in the case of important or sentimental items that might have survived, they could come back and retrieve them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:48 14/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd raid their collections for doujins, anime and manga. Then sell it back to them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:06 14/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    well the looters came for the victim's smashed posessions right? why the owner can't?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:03 13/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Lol nice pic. A rad counter might be appropriate now though..

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    Comment by Anonymous
    21:27 13/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    great, now I don't have to go to Russia to experience an apocalypse

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:18 13/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    "As the man came at them with the crowbar first, the vigilantes were held to be blameless."

    That's not really how self defence works, you know. You can't keep beating them up once they've given up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:31 14/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    And here I thought firemen were so much better then cops

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:51 13/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    now where is Kenshiro when we need him ??? AHTATATATATATAATATA !!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:10 13/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    while calling japanese orderly sounds like a compliment, its a prejudiced generalisation akin to blacks are thieves

    digging through somebody elses abandoned rubble, losing utility with each day left in the open and likely never to be used again, is morally a very ambiguous thing
    morally very ambiguous situations result in extremely slippery slopes

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:34 13/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah it's like those reports on the news during Katrina that said black people were "looting" and white people were "finding" even though they were doing the same thing.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    11:35 14/04/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Most of the so called looters in Katrina were simply trying to survive.
    It really was not a total Mad Max situation esp considering the piss poor emergency resonance by FEMA.
    If you're stealing can goods or camping supplies out of a flooded store or trying to find fuel it's finding not looting.
    Now if you were grabbing jewelry and electronics it's looting.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:15 14/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    You need to understand the difference between looting for profit, and gathering survival supplies.

    Katrina was laughable with pictures of Negroes grabbing water soaked televisions in an area with no power.

    Gathering items to eat, keep dry, and warm is not looting.

    The old moral question, do you punish a starving man for stealing a loaf of bread?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:37 14/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Typical racist American.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:29 15/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Typical moralfag

    Comment by Anonymous

    Did you seriously call them "negroes"? How old are you? Seventy?

    And a couple guys grabbing tvs does not equal even a minority of the black population. The fact that you even went there clearly makes you a racist asshole. MOST black people were gathering supplies.

    Of course you're probably one of those who thought that all the black people were "looting" and all the white people were "finding."

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:05 15/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Negro is Spanish for black, get off your high horse.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    11:47 14/04/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Using the term negros was racist but the rest of the post is true.
    Food,fuel, and dry cloths is simply trying to survive.

    Stealing TVs,cash, and jewelry is looting.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:38 13/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    lol always "rape" ..

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    19:41 13/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)


    Comment by Anonymous
    19:24 13/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    I don't blame them. People have morals until they break. Once they break they drive on instincts.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    11:31 14/04/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    A person's moral fiber be a fragile thing.
    Many people will set aside their morals in a desperate situation.
    Maybe the best story to show this was the 80s movie trading places which was a comedy of all things.

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    Comment by takarada
    14:39 14/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I remember that picture and the guys claimed the safe was theirs. A lie obviously, it is old people who put their money in a safe because they don't trust banks.
    Also they are wearing masks to hide their identity.
    So much for the famous Japanese honesty.
    But the real owners are probably dead so I guess it doesn't matter.

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    Comment by Reizi Zerosaki
    19:11 13/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Are they really Japanese?

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    20:20 13/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The looter is getting the RPG feel of his life; No loots without a turn-based battle with the Vigilante Gang..

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:55 17/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    yea it sucks when he got the first move and accidentally picked an ineffective attack...

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    Comment by Dia
    04:17 14/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Who are they raping if there are no people around?

    I don't see what's the harm in looting a bit tbh. It's a bit unlikely that those items will be recovered by their rightful owners.

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    Comment by ColdCock
    19:17 13/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Well just goes to show the difference between the usa and japan. After Katrina you had roaming gangs of looters basicly terrorizing anyone who got in their way, and in japan you have roaming gangs of vigilantes trying to protect what little people have left.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:47 13/04/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    There's no difference between vigilante and gang when your excuse for killing someone is "nobody would know, would they?"

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    21:54 13/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    I kind of thought the real excuse was, "He came about like a vulture, trying to steal what little people have left". I mean, it's not like the gang head actually said it, but it can be assumed right?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:26 14/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hear hear.

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    Comment by ColdCock

    I dont think you really need a excuse to fuck someone up that tries to take advantage of people in a situation like whats happening in japan. Anyone who does is subhuman and really should be taken out of society anyways.

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    Comment by HouseLife
    05:11 14/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    @ ColdCock

    Generalizations like that are why this doesn't really work, and why people like you pretend vigilante law actually leads to anything but the reality, which is a bunch of senseless deaths for even minor things. Especially because every stupid person somehow believes that things can be solved by 'fucking someone up' for any offense. God forbid the looter was a man on his last leg and had been out of a job and of all the crimes he chose, he went for the one that wouldn't injure anyone. Or perhaps he could have been someone who came to look through his own house, saw a gang of people approaching him, and ran. Doesn't sound like they identified themselves very clearly, and I'd have probably run from a group of unknown people in that situation if I could, yet he would have gotten beaten all the same. Or of course he could be the most evil son of a bitch who wanted the gold and jewels of every lady who died because he had a vendetta against them. Either way, the same form of 'justice' is not deserved across the board for all those cases.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    11:40 14/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The looter could have simply been trying to find stuff to survive it really depends on what he was recovering.
    Was he looking for food or valuables?
    BTW there was little actual looting after Katrina.
    The biggest looters were the police and some members of the national guard as they seized people's guns which was highly illegal.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:27 14/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes because it's you his is the judge that decides the fate of man.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:32 13/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Stop being stupid. These vigilantes are the exact came as any gang. And there were no "gangs of looters" after Katrina. In fact, they exposed the biased reporting of Katrina that went on during the disaster. Fucking weeaboo.

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