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17-year-old youth arrested for stabbing mother and grandmother

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A 17-year-old high school student has been arrested for stabbing his mother and grandmother with a kitchen knife at their home in Gobo City, Wakayama Prefecture, police said Friday.

According to police, the youth stabbed his mother in the back, using a knife with a 30-cm blade, as she slept at around 3:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sankei Shimbun reported. He then stabbed his 82-year-old grandmother who was found in the toilet, bleeding from a knife wound to her chest.

The boy then called 110 and said someone had stabbed his mother and grandmother. The two women were taken to hospital and in a stable condition, police said.

Police said the boy has confessed to the crime and was quoted as saying, "I was frustrated with the way they were always disciplining me."

Officials at the boy's schools said he was a great student and was actively engaged in a club activities. They said they had no idea about his home life.

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He's 17...nothing will happen to him, and police will sweep this "family problem" under the rug.

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Police said the boy has confessed to the crime and was quoted as saying, “I was frustrated with the way they were always disciplining me.”

Sounds like a kyoiku-mama and baba here. I can empathize with the frustration but the actions are just plain stupid.

I wonder, where is Dad?

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I can understand the constant berating from a mother , having an echo bully old bag chasing after you all the time in the same house joining in all the time will break a young mind. Thumbs down from me from the seat of a Caesar and trust the Judge has a little understanding.

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“I was frustrated with the way they were always disciplining me.”

At 17, you could have just dealt with it a little longer and then moved out.....to take such extremes is ridiculous and dumb. Hope that the law sees him as an adult, but most likely a "family court" will see this as only an unfortunate incident and nothing will happen.....until he is free to try and finish the job later.

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At 17, you could have just dealt with it a little longer and then moved out

Where , to the rope in the garden ?

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The two women were taken to hospital and in a stable condition, police said.

Good for them to survive this time. But now comes the difficult part if the boy would keep living with them in the days ahead. Given the fact that the boy being at odds with them, I guess they would feel uneasy about the future. Hope they would hammer out a solution in one way or another.

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He's 17...nothing will happen to him, and police will sweep this "family problem" under the rug.

Any basis in reality for that comment? Got some examples of similar cases?

now comes the difficult part if the boy would keep living with them in the days ahead.

That's not likely to happen.

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Mental issues and a forum of national discussion is urgently needed to address the problems with youth in this country . Yes, the youth must voice their opinion and brought into the discussion with the old fuddy-duddy wankers who stick to the mould of " We know Best"

There is no difference between the bully in the playground and two bullies at home.

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JT should just cut and paste these stories as they happen so often. How does this kind of behaviour replicate itself on such a regular basis?

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clueless AUG. 22, 2015 - 12:31PM JST How does this kind of behaviour replicate itself on such a regular basis?

The education -> work pipeline probably is a contributor. Japan is a country where basically your entire social status for your entire life is decided by the actions you take when you are 17-18, the age when most people's hormones are at peak "screwing with your mind" level. Some "ronin" can re-take university entrance exams a year or so after they failed, but it's practically unheard of to say, get a vocational diploma, work in the world for a few years, realize you made a mistake, go back to university and come out a professional with real chance of getting back onto a career track.

Frankly, under that kind of pressure, I think it's amazing we don't see this happen more often. Which isn't to say I excuse his behavior at all. Throw the book at this kid. But if I were looking at this story as a university administrator or a politician on a committee involving labor regulations, I'd seriously take these sorts of stories as a warning that the country needs some kind of safety valve to lower the pressure.

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Officials at the boy’s schools said he was a great student and was actively engaged in a club activities. They said they had no idea about his home life.

Maybe his mom & grandma had very high expectations. Some parents should be content knowing their sons will never be meant for waseda, harvard or yale.

No wonder why these kids are always stressed out. Next thing you know we read about them committing suicide, stabbing mom or stripping off panties.

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Maybe his mom & grandma had very high expectations.

No offense to any Wakayamans out there, but I used to work in the education system there, and I can assure you that "high expectations" was probably the least of his worries.

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Sounds like a kyoiku-mama and baba here

who were feverishly preparing him for a Showa-era career?

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It is shocking that these types of incidents take place in Japan, where value system seems to be eroding.

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Still, using a kitchen on your family is not the best form of self expression is it?

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Thanks, katsu78

Japan really should encourage its young to try many different activities, study, volunteer, build things! I have a niece who went to uni, quit, went to a vocational school, got a skill, and is not building her own Tiny Home to take that skill on the road. Young people should be allowed to be young and university should be accessible to adults of all ages. University, itself, should be a place where students are given many real opportunities, not just make it to the next exam and then onto the civil servant exam, and then post job, they are made to put life aside in hopes of a promotion!! I have many young adults in my neighborhood, I rarely see them. Growing up, they were building cars.

katsu78Aug. 22, 2015 - 02:29PM JST

"The education - work pipeline probably is a contributor. Japan is a country where basically your entire social status for your entire life is decided by the actions you take when you are 17-18, the age when most people's hormones are at peak "screwing with your mind" level. Some "ronin" can re-take university entrance exams a year or so after they failed, but it's practically unheard of to say, get a vocational diploma, work in the world for a few years, realize you made a mistake, go back to university and come out a professional with real chance of getting back onto a career track.

Frankly, under that kind of pressure, I think it's amazing we don't see this happen more often. Which isn't to say I excuse his behavior at all. Throw the book at this kid. But if I were looking at this story as a university administrator or a politician on a committee involving labor regulations, I'd seriously take these sorts of stories as a warning that the country needs some kind of safety valve to lower the pressure."

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katsu78, it could be worse here in usa kid get guns and shoot schools

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@ katsu78, I couldn't agree more with your comments. It is rare to find a person who chooses the path you described as not the norm to find success in Japan. I have tried to relay that to my spouse, where in America it can happen. Sure it is a difficult road and the measure of success may not be a corner office on Wall Street but one can rise above ones station more easily than in Japan.

That being said, I think that the boy may have had other mental issues that are not being talked about. He didn't like the way his mother and grandmother disciplined him, then what about the father? Was this just another case of the father being absent due to long work hours and little time at home, or one of those cases where the parents are divorced, and the wife has taken the kid away and won't let the father into the life. A lot of questions surrounding the total picture of this case. But whatever the background, still no reason to stab someone.

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The thing that bothers me is how I now read about family members killing each other and I hardly raise an eyebrow now. Everytime I get on this site I expect to find some family member stabbing and killing another. Im more worried about myself and the desensitisation I now feel towards these crimes.

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I would say there's definitely something wrong with you if hearing about family members killing each other doesn't bother you anymore. You should probably stop reading the news.

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All in the family?? Again????

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