A top Japanese diplomat has been attacked in Portland by a homeless black woman with an alleged history of violence against Asian people.
Yuzo Yoshioka, 62, the consul general in Portland’s Consular Office of Japan, was ‘jumped’ by Arissa Jean Minyonne Robinson, 23, in a random attack in Oregon’s crime-ridden capital, court records allege.
The diplomat was hospitalized with a head injury after the attack on June 17.
Court filings allege the assault was ‘part of a broader pattern’ by Robinson of targeting Asian people. She is also accused of battering a 76-year-old Asian man in August 2022.
The incident involving Yoshioka, who met with Portland’s police chief in May to discuss the safety of Japanese nationals, is the latest to blight the ultra-liberal enclave that’s plagued by homelessness, crime and drug-taking.
Yoshioka was attacked in the area of Southwest Park Avenue and Oak Street. Court records say he was ‘shoved’ by Robinson and fell to the ground, banging his head on the sidewalk
Yuzo Yoshioka, 62, the consul general in Portland’s Consular Office of Japan, was ‘jumped’ by Arissa Jean Minyonne Robinson (pictured)
Yoshioka recently met with Portland’s police chief in May to discuss the safety of Japanese nationals
Voters recently agreed overwhelmingly that homelessness had become an ‘out-of-control disaster’ and urged officials to fix the crisis, which has caused makeshift encampments to spring up across the city.
City officials recently unveiled plans to hand out aluminum foil and straws to fentanyl smokers in the latest attempt at ‘harm reduction’ in the city.
Yoshioka was attacked in the area of Southwest Park Avenue and Oak Street. Court records say he was ‘shoved’ by Robinson and fell to the ground, banging his head on the sidewalk.
A responding officer observed ‘a lot of blood running down the back of the victim as they were assisted by medics’.
A witness said the diplomat ‘just went down… it looked pretty bad’.
Police found Robinson hiding out in a nearby tower block. She is charged with felony bias crime and fourth-degree assault.
In another attack in August last year, Robinson allegedly crept up on an elderly Asian man and ‘struck him in the head repeatedly… then placed him in a chokehold, cutting off his air supply and preventing him from yelling’.
Camps made by homeless people are seen scattered on the sidewalk in Portland, Oregon
Local authorities in Oregon are also considering calling in the National Guard to help with Portland’s homeless issue – while residents say they now no longer walk in certain areas because of the drug and encampment problem
A local Portland resident said: ‘I would personally prefer to not see drug deals to happen in the middle of the day, in the middle of the street’
She was charged with bias crime, strangulation and fourth-degree assault for that offense. Reports said the case was dismissed because Robinson was found mentally unfit to proceed.
In 2021, Yoshioka’s predecessor wrote to former Governor Kate Brown about fears for the Japanese community after two women of Japanese descent were brutally beaten in a random attack.
‘In response to this incident, we will have to consider how we, the Japanese community, should think about safety in Oregon,’ the letter said.
In May, it was reported that Portland officials were considering calling in the National Guard to help with its homelessness problem.
A recent survey, commissioned by People for Portland, a conservative advocacy group, found that more than two thirds of voters wanted to clear the streets by forcing drug addicts into rehab.
Respondents also by wide margins supported Mayor Ted Wheeler’s plan to ban homeless daytime camping and people stringing up tents near schools and daycare centers.
Three quarters of respondents called homelessness in Portland ‘an out-of-control disaster’
Portland City Council members are debating whether to ban homeless daytime camping and people stringing up tents near schools and daycare centers
The survey of 500 voters across Multnomah County comes after its homeless population reached 5,228 last year — a rise of more than 1,200 against 2019.
More than 2,000 of them are sheltered, but that leaves more than 3,000 sleeping rough.
Residents of the city of 641,000 people have told DailyMail.com that they’re sick of tents being erected on sidewalks, grassy areas and beside canals.
Officials have started tearing down encampments, but tents have sprung back up again within hours.
Business owners complain about vagrants defecating in front of their stores.
Walmart in March said it was shuttering its Portland outlets.
The survey echoes fears that Portland has gone from a kooky progressive city with great restaurants and reliable public transportation to a hellscape with high taxes and overstretched city services.
Some 55 percent of respondents said Portland ‘has lost what made it a special place to live.’
The same share said they did not feel safe taking their family downtown.
Meanwhile, 61 percent of voters said handing out tents and tarps to the homeless only made the crisis worse.
Drug users smoking fentanyl, a powerful opioid, in the once thriving downtown area of Portland
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (left), and Mike Schmidt, Multnomah County District Attorney, have both suffered among voters due to crime, drugs, and homelessness
Tents line the sidewalk on SW Clay St in Portland, Oregon
Multnomah County’s homeless population reached 5,228 last year — a rise of more than 1,200 against 2019
Voters blamed their elected officials — Mayor Wheeler and District Attorney Mike Schmidt both received unfavorable ratings.
More than two thirds said officials were out of touch and only listened to a ‘small group of political activists’ and ignored everyday residents.
Though Republicans sought tougher action on social problems, Democrats were also concerned about the state of Portland.
Some 71 percent of Democrats called homelessness an ‘out-of-control disaster.’
The poll, carried out by GS Strategy Group, posed questions that some pollsters would described as leading and may have fostered results critical of city policies.