Man Kills Noodle Shop Customer, Orders More Ramen Before Arrest

Man kills customer, sits down to second helping of ramen before being arrested

While there’s nothing better than a huge bowl of ramen after a hard day’s work, one Tokyo man took the concept a little too far. After assaulting and killing a fellow customer at a Chinese restaurant last September, a 38-year old unemployed man allegedly ordered an extra serving of ramen as he awaited his arrest. He finally explained his logic in court this week, but netizens have found it highly unsatisfying: he was worried he wouldn’t be able to eat ramen anymore in prison.

From Livedoor News:

Man Orders Ramen After Assault: “If I Get Arrested, I Won’t Be Able to Eat it Anymore” – Defendant Explains in Initial Public Hearing of Violent Murder Case, Tokyo District Court

Man kills customer, sits down to second helping of ramen before being arrested

The initial public hearing in the jury trial of defendant Imanishi Shinichiro (38), an unemployed man from Adachi Ward, Tokyo, charged with manslaughter after allegedly assaulting and killing a male customer in a Chinese restaurant, was held in the Tokyo district court (presiding judge Sonohara Toshihiko) on March 13.

Imanishi has admitted to the charges, saying, “There’s no question about it.”

During questioning, when asked about the fact that he ordered an additional serving of ramen in the restaurant immediately after the assault, the defendant stated, “If I was going to be arrested right then, I thought I probably wouldn’t be able to eat properly anymore.”

In the opening statement, the prosecution asserted that Imanishi “became enraged over something trivial, and stomped forcefully on the victim’s face and other areas after pulling him to the floor.”

According to the indictment, Imanishi began quarreling with a male customer (49) in a Chinese restaurant in Kita ward on September 27 of last year. Imanishi then grabbed the man’s collar and dragged him down, stomping repeatedly on his face and stomach until he was dead.

Comments from 2ch.net:

名無しさん@1周年:

Wasn’t there a non-violent option?

名無しさん@1周年:

Don’t they serve ramen in prison?

名無しさん@1周年:

If you won’t be able to eat ramen, why don’t you eat katsudon? [NB: it is a common trope of Japanese crime dramas that suspects feel guilty and confess after eating katsudon]

名無しさん@1周年:

If you could eat ramen in prison, would this incident have happened in the first place?

名無しさん@1周年:

I don’t get it. He ordered it after he killed the guy? Is he a psycho?

名無しさん@1周年:

You just caused someone’s death, but you’re worried about your own future?

名無しさん@1周年:

If you get the order, you might as well fill it.

名無しさん@1周年:

How incredibly calm and composed.

名無しさん@1周年:

Why was he able to order?

名無しさん@1周年:

The dead guy is the one who won’t be able to eat anymore!!!

名無しさん@1周年:

He killed someone for totally selfish reasons, so he should get capital punishment.

名無しさん@1周年:

He weighed ramen against life, and this was the result!!

名無しさん@1周年:

It’s amazing that the store gave him what he ordered. I guess they thought if they didn’t do what he said they would be killed too? w

名無しさん@1周年 [in response to above]:

If you saw a giant of over 100kg stomp someone to death right before your eyes, would you think about trying to resist him?

名無しさん@1周年 [in response to above]:

It’s probably because he looked ready to attack other customers and wreck the store. Weren’t they just trying to calm him down a bit?

名無しさん@1周年:

This would never happen at Ichiran.

名無しさん@1周年:

If he keeps thinking like this, he’ll become a fatty.

名無しさん@1周年:

This is simply gluttony combined with selfishness. He killed the other guy. An asshole like this should have his tongue cut out so he can never enjoy eating again.

名無しさん@1周年:

The theory is sound, but I wonder if he knew that the collapsed victim was dead?

名無しさん@1周年:

He’s extremely gluttonous, that’s why he’s such a giant.

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  • Realist

    “Oh, and I’ll also have 5 orders of fried chicken, 5 orders of Katsu don, some tempura shrimp, miso soup, some mochi ice cream, and a 12-pack of coke… to go.” LOL

  • bumfromkorea

    The ramen at that place is *that* good. Murderlicious.

    • あsdf

      You mean something like that ramen is so good it’s to die for? 死ぬほどうまいラメン

      • Boris

        to *kill for

  • kelli321

    Everytime I read an article about crimes like these, or crimes in Japan in general, they always seem to be unemployed.

    • Guest

      This is typical of japanese media reporting. Japanese require stereoptypes to understand Such things as they simply cannot fathon a japanese commiting a crime otherwise

      • kelli321

        I thought so…

  • Gerhana

    There’s a lot of murder case in Japan lately, I do wonder what is the reason behind the reason they give? the real reason…. the causes of this kind of behaviour. Is it the degradation of the value of human life, or a form of self-expression…. etc

    • Guest

      Murder rates are probably the same as before, just more attention from the media

    • hello123

      the economy? i doubt this guy would be killing random people if he were gainfully employed

  • Is it just me, or do a lot of these murder cases have something to do with “unemployed” people. Maybe if we “employ these people,” crime will lessen?

    • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

      I get the feeling these unemployed people are unemployed because to strains of employment burned them out.

      • Comebackkid13

        Or the quickly get axed before the story comes out to eliminate any connection to their previous company.

  • B.

    Japanese culture at its finest.

  • commander

    So did he eat another portion of ramen or was he hauled away by police before getting his order?

  • guest

    Proper way to eat noodles in japan

  • Robin Xi

    Well, he’s got a point. What a sane man!

  • IDTypeKing

    Fat man loves too eat.

  • hello123

    he just couldn’t handle the loud slurping at noodle shops

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