Parents Must Pay $200,000 After Son Kicks Ball Into Street

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A court has ordered the parents of a boy who accidentally kicked a ball into the street to pay nearly $200,000 in compensation after he, in the court’s view, caused the death of an 87-year-old motorcyclist who fell off his bike in an effort to avoid the ball, breaking his leg and later going senile only to die over a year later as a result of an infection stemming from a feeding accident.

According to the Osaka district court, the incident began in 2004 at a public elementary school in Ehime prefecture, where pupils were practising their football skills by making practice free kicks at a goal.

One fifth year elementary student made a kick which went high, going over the goal posts and into the street beyond. There, it so happened that an 86-year-old man was driving down the street on a bike, and swerved to avoid the ball, crashing and breaking his leg.

He survived, but became senile soon after, and then died some 15 months after the accident as a result of pneumonia contracted after some food accidentally became lodged in his windpipe.

5 members of the man’s bereaved family decided to sue the boy for causing his death, demanding ¥50,000,000. As the boy was a minor at the time of the accident (he is now 19), he could not be held legally responsible, but his parents could, and so the family sued them instead.

In their defence, the boy’s side argued “nothing illegal occurred as he was just normally kicking the ball at the goal.”

The court was having none of it – the judge’s verdict was that “he could have predicted the ball would land in the street and cause an accident,” though he did at least stop short of ordering him to pay compensation, saying “the boy was a youth and bears no legal responsibility for the accident, but his parents do have a duty to pay compensation.”

Accepting that the dead man’s life was drastically altered by his encounter with the stray football, the court ordered the parents to pay up to the family, but reasoned that as the man already had neurological problems prior to the incident they would only have to pay ¥15,000,000 of the ¥50,000,000 demanded of them.

Such a fine example of jurisprudence has not escaped criticism:

“Don’t they normally put up nets around these places?”

“The issue is not the kid, it’s the lack of safety nets.”

“Shouldn’t this responsibility lie with the school which didn’t bother to put nets up and could have predicted the ball would land in the street themselves?”

“If they can sue anyone it’s the school, not the parents!”

“Couldn’t they sue the school and city?”

“Asking 50,000,000 for an 87-year-old man who died as an indirect result of an accident seems a bit much.”

“This old guy was driving a bike at 87? And they sue the boy’s parents? What kind of Japanese are they?”

“Poor parents, suddenly plunged in debt like that.”

“It seems a bit odd that they are attributing his death by misfeeding to this…”

“All ball games in Japan are going to get banned as a result of this, no doubt.”

“Common sense would tell you to expect balls flying out of schools occasionally.”

“Anyone with a car or bike must predict that they could encounter a ball like that. Doesn’t anyone in the court have a driving license?”

“So this 86-year-old man with a known neurological condition was riding a motorcycle around a school?”

“This poor kid and his family have been left worrying about this stuff throughout his childhood for the last 7 years, with no end in sight if they continue to fight the ruling.”

“This verdict is nuts.”

“If he had died right there it might be justifiable.”

“Don’t steal a child’s future for the sake of a dead 87-year-old.”

“I wonder if the bereaved family will be satisfied now the school has banned all ball games?”

“Remember: when you kick a ball you might cause an old man to fall off his bike, go senile and have to be nursed only to be misfed and die.”


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    01:04 29/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "the man already had neurological problems prior to the incident"

    Why is he riding a bike then, he should be at home tending to his bonsai trees.

    Comment by Anonymous

    How about Japan can go fuck itself. Xenophob morons

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:00 29/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Yet you masturbate to their pixelated porn everyday. Oh the irony.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:33 29/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    lol raped

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:56 29/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    So much for America being the only one with retarded lawsuits. I don't think this would have even won there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:32 02/07/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    The judge can go choke on a dick. Fucking douchebag.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:58 29/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    no, japan has retarded judges. america still had retarded laws. like you can't shoot a whale, with a gun, out of a window a car while you're driving in the highway.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:16 29/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    HAHAHA!!!!!!
    This reminded me that many countries have stupid laws. I think all of them have.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:50 29/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    well there are towns in France where it's illegal to die... anyway I would understand if the boy's family had to pay for the accident, but on other hand they also could sue the school for not having safety nets...

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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    03:30 01/07/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    This country had high respect for the elderly so no wonder why I-Shit-hara got the vote to won the election!

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:14 30/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    there is ONE french city (Cugnaux) where it it has been declared illegal to die because of a conflict between the mayor and the ministry of defense: the only location possible to enlarge the cemetery is a military terrain

    so the mayor declared death illegal until he's allowed to enlarge the cemetery .

    please don't just randomly say that death is illegal in some french citieS for no reason :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:54 30/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hope that you are joking about that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:57 29/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    ...and if I told you that I could easily do this while cruising in Hawaii with my 50 cal hanging out the side of my Miata?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:54 29/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "died some 15 months after the accident as a result of pneumonia contracted after some food accidentally became lodged in his windpipe."

    Apparently, this is not the cause of death but the flying ball and the kid is? LOL.

    Man, I'm glad to confirm that I'm sane and smart enough....... Thanks to their stupid judiciary system

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:36 29/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    You'd expect something like this in the US... In fact, when I read the title I did.

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    Comment by Mauvais
    17:44 29/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    You are correct, sir.
    http://www.pown.it/wiipown.php?uid=2937
    ...That's America.

    Comment by Anonymous

    yup... That's america as american as it can get... fucked up as hell.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:52 29/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The difference is, in the US we'd have gone for the bigger target (the school or the city) and probably gotten a settlement before the case went to court or had the case be dismissed if it did reach trial.

    Comment by Anonymous

    this is americas fault somehow. i just haven't figured out how, yet.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:13 29/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    The person didn't say it was America's fault only that a law suite as stupid as this would normally happen in America, and I have to agree it sounds way to American.

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    Comment by TNinja
    10:27 29/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The way of America.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:11 30/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol what am I even reading, the court should stress it's use of common sense more often, I mean firstly, the kid only killed him by technicality, it's like blaming the man who sold a murderer a gun unintentionally, the salesman just does his job and sells guns, but this case, you might as well fine the salesman AS WELL as the gun manufacturers, how fucking stupid does a court have to be. Secondly even if you could find some way to blame the kid, logically it makes no sense to ruin the start of SOMEBODY elses life (aka the kids, since by affecting his parents in such a way will clearly destroy his life). Don't get me wrong it's not nice the old man died, but he's dead, and I don't think even he would see the justice in ruining this kids family.

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    Comment by Dia
    21:02 29/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Aren't Americans responsible for Japan's laws?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:20 29/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Fuck America.... And Anon 09:01

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:26 01/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Can't tell if trollling or just stupid

    Comment by Anonymous

    Fuck all countries they all fucked up in one way or another except Germany they are all right.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:51 29/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    What's the big deal anyways? the old dude was 87 years old, i think he has done enough living as it is. that stroke he's been avoiding was gonna come bite him sooner or later anyways. geez

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    Comment by kazaza2
    03:03 29/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    See! The kids parents should have hired Phoenix Wright
    Ace Attorney.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:09 29/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Does public lawyers or a constitution even exits in Japan?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:03 29/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The only thing it ever does is exit....out the window.

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    Comment by SaltyPenguin
    06:00 29/06/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Yeah, he would've been like, OBJECTION!

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    Comment by Etherstar
    07:32 29/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    OBJECTION!!! :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:10 29/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nah, he should have hired Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:53 01/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Did you get that thing I sent you?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:08 29/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Glad that I'm not the only one whose first thought was to call good ole Nick!

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    Comment by kache
    00:42 29/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Seriously, wtf?
    They are going to ruin the life of a child for the sake of a dead old man?

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    01:32 29/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    In mother Japan, old (both those who are decaying or already rotten) men rule you... even if he's not even a part of your family.

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    Comment by godforc3
    00:43 29/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Would they try and sue a bird if it decided to crap on him and he tried to avoid it?

    Well it is Japan, where men are labeled as perverts for asking directions...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:53 29/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    you'll also get arrested for helping a lost child.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:18 29/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    ... or searching for a mcdonald's ...

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:07 29/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    never ask for direction in japan. it's illegal.

    Comment by Anonymous

    it's obvious that he wasn't really asking for directions. real men don't ask for directions.

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    03:16 29/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    You'll get arrested just for talking to one.

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    Comment by yaku
    05:47 29/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Forget talking, just looking at one will get you behind bars.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:33 29/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    just kicking a ball with one.

    01:33 29/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    you'll also get arrested for smiling at a schoolgirl.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:35 29/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    yet if a woman were to do the same exact things above, she'd get off scott-free.

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    Comment by Bigall
    03:19 29/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, Japan isstarting to resemble the US as for law suites...

    If I was the boy's lawyer I had made taking in consideration that the man was 86 years old riding a bike and because of his avanced age, he should have been considered as dangerous to himself as to other because he couldn't even handle been hit by a simple soccerball... The responsable of this would have been is family for letting him roam around on the bike.

    I would had add that the true victim of this case is the boy, as he became traumatized because of these events.

    Don't blame the penal system, blame the lawyers...

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:04 29/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Go to Japan and get arrested for just being you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:17 29/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    japan is so backward and they call us barbarians.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:54 29/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    i agree this is plain stupid, normally the responsability would lie on the school, who would pay with the insurance, they have a especial insurance for this cases, not sure how is called elsewhere, but is the civil responsability insurance, and any school has to have it, at least on the barbaric world. guess they are so civilized they don't need it. or it's their way to make neets and parasites get money which they have no their mean to get. it's obvious this is the case.








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