20-year-old man arrested for beating grandfather to death in Ibaraki Pref


Police in Hitachi, Ibaraki Prefecture, said Saturday they have arrested a 20-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of killing his 66-year-old grandfather with whom he lived.

According to police, Hiroki Kawasaki has admitted to killing Masaichi Kawasaki at around 2:30 p.m. Friday by beating him several times about the head with a blunt object, Fuji TV reported.

The suspect’s 66-year-old grandmother called 119 at around 3:20 p.m. and reported that her husband was collapsed on the floor. When officers arrived at the scene, Masaichi was lying on his back in a room on the second floor of the residence, bleeding from his head injuries. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police said Hiroki was found about four hours later in front of a koban (police box) where he had gone to apparently turn himself in.

Five people live in the house – the victim, his wife, his 87-year-old mother, his younger brother, 63 and the suspect.  

Police said Kawasaki has so far given them no motive for killing his grandfather

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Another day another family murder.

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For such a 'safety country' the sheer number of inter-family murders is is getting on for one-a-day nowadays.

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The Crime section in JT is so depressing I usually avoid it. But sometimes I read it - and true to form, it's another story about one homicidal family member doing away with another family member.

Are the stats on intra-family violence worse in Japan than in other countries, or is it just the way these stories are all concentrated on one page?

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Good points,Big Yen.

There seems to be far too many intra-family murders in Japan.

I wonder what the numbers are in other countries?

Is it because a lot of families in Japan however dysfunctional they may be still live together on a far bigger scale than in the West?

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Maybe that's it. I'm pretty sure that if I were forced to live with some of my family members there's be a fair bit of aggravation. But murder? No. I'd just move out.

But then, I have the means to move out.

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Big Yen,

I agree with can choose your friends but not family and all of that.

Maybe they didn't have the means to get out of Dodge.

Good points,mate.

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This blunt object guy and the dinner menu killer guy should go meet up and jump off a mountain cliff somewhere.

I guarantee not a tear will be shed anywhere.

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Five people live in the house – the victim, his wife, his 87-year-old mother, his younger brother, 63 and the suspect.

Conspicuously absent: the suspect's mother or father.

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so sad news

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Although sad, one a day in a country of 125,000,000 only means 365 a year which is actually very low compared to many countries.


Maybe you're on to something. For those who are against the death penalty, maybe murderers should be given the choice between prison until they die or being escorted to a coastline cliff where they are able to self-terminate by jumping off themselves. Then it's not really government-sanctioned murder and no mess to clean up as the waves, fish and microbes will eventually do the work.

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Something seriously wrong has been going on with society there.

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It's said the majority of people killed know their attacker, all these kind of stories seem to prove the point

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Very sad.

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Perhaps the Grandfather had the audacity to suggest to the Grandson that he get a job and support himself. Showa Jidai versus Reiwa perhaps.

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