Japanese authorities arrested a man on Saturday after he allegedly killed a co-worker by forcing compressed air up his rear end as a prank.
According to the Asia Times, Ibaraki Prefecture Ryugasaki Police arrested 34-year-old Yoshiyuki Yoshida for accidentally killing 46-year-old Akio Ishimaru.
Police say both men worked at an industrial equipment manufacturing plant in Ibaraki Tsukuba City. Around 5 pm, during a break, the two were clowning around when Yoshida took an air compressor and poked Ishimaru between the buttocks and blasted a lethal jet of wind into his body.
A few minutes later, Ishimaru complained that he didn’t feel well. Co-workers called for an ambulance and he was taken to the hospital, but did not survive.
Yoshida told police, “I just did it as a prank. I didn’t think he could possibly die from that.”
According to a spokesman at the Ryugasaki Police Department, “It was a tragic accident but not the first of its kind. The air compressor was pushed up against the anus, over clothing, not directly into the cavity, and the release of the air into the body probably damaged the lungs, causing death. We are waiting for the results of an autopsy, which is still being scheduled.”
Although Japan is free of gun deaths, it has been plagued in recent years by similar air compressor deaths.
A Kyoto student died on January 1st after being poked in the rear with an air-duster blower. Air compressor related injuries have also plagued Japan’s Self-Defense Forces.