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3 arrested over death of 37-year-old man who was handcuffed and confined at home

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Police in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, have arrested three people on suspicion of illegal confinement after a 37-year-old man was found dead at his parents’ home last September.

According to police, the suspects, including the victim’s parents, allegedly handcuffed and confined the man against his will, leading to his death from emaciation, Sankei Shimbun reported. The three suspects, identified as Naoki Yokoyama, 70, his wife Junko, 65, and their daughter Nanako, 36, were arrested on Monday.

Police said the son, Yuichiro, was restrained with handcuffs and his feet were bound with a rope, between May 4 and Sept 6, 2021. Police said Naoki has admitted to the allegation while his wife and daughter have denied the charge.

According to the family, Yuichiro dropped out of college and began living as a shut-in (hikikomori) at his parents’ house for an extended period. At times, they said he would physically assault them and he eventually stopped wearing clothes to live completely naked. Last May, he left home in the nude, causing a ruckus and prompting his family to to confine him.

On Sept 6, Naoki contacted police to report that his son had died at home. When officers arrived at the scene, Yuichiro was found naked and dead on the doorstep while still in restraints.

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What is the cause of death? Neglect or live and let die?

4 ( +6 / -2 )

This is bizarre

6 ( +12 / -6 )

Did the parents actually call any organization, agency, outreach, or people who take care of this kind of situation before the died?

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Yuichiro dropped out of college and began living as a shut-in (hikikomori) at his parents’ house for an extended period.

There are many organizations for help such situations. Really Sad.

11 ( +14 / -3 )

Tragically sad.

I know it's difficult for families of the mentally ill to care for them and how terrifying sometimes facing them when they have their episodes but also try to imagine being that person who sees things in their minds differently, let's just say for arguments' sake from a toddler's point of view., How scared he must have felt and how they suffered being bound like that!

Situations like these has to be looked at from the perspective of how badly Japan or any country is equipped to handle the issue of mental health!

9 ( +13 / -4 )

Wow, so sad. Not only the son, but it seems as though the parents are mentally ill. Guaranteed these bizarre stories will continue until jgov addresses mental health issues in Japan.

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Did they even consider trying to ask for professional help before they chained him up like an animal? Japan really needs to be more transparent with the availability of their mental health resources and advocate that it's completely okay to ask for help.

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Despite the scurrilous-looking headline, this was another ‘Japanese family in crisis’: aging parents & live-in siblings unable to cope with the diminishing mental health issues of an adult “child”.

However, criminal confinement & starvation were never justified.

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Bizarre as it seems to carry the still-retrained body of the deceased to the doorstep, this was perhaps a demonstration of the father’s admission of responsibility and contrition for his decisions as patriarch of the household. (More-detailed physical and psychological forensic investigations are needed about the family dynamics but Japanese police agencies lack the sufficient staff and resources.)

- “Police said Naoki has admitted to the allegation while his wife and daughter have denied the charge.” -

So, also facing ‘charges’, police guarantee the sister & mother will eventually provided sufficient information to incriminate just the father. All their sentences will be suspended.

What’s left of their ‘lives’ will move forward (as it can in Japan) yet, under the continued condemning eyes and under-breath comments of their community neighbors.

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everything starts and comes with education in family from early childhood.

thats all folks.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

kafka Metamorphosis but darker.

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"aging parents & live-in siblings unable to cope with the diminishing mental health issues of an adult “child”"

"he would physically assault them and he eventually stopped wearing clothes to live completely naked. Last May, he left home in the nude, causing a ruckus."

at least he did not drive a vehicle into a crowded busy area, etc., like some loose screws. i.e the infamous Akihabara manic.

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Is there not a process where people deemed mentally unstable can be sectioned in this country?

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Wow! It’s pretty clear this hikikomori should have been institutionalized long before his parents took action.

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Japan lacks psychological help for citizens. Sad story.

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It's unfortunate that when the brain, -an organ in the body- is medically unsound, the carrier of the brain is so often treated like an animal to one degree or another.

Had it been this poor man's spine or kidneys that were unsound and he needed a wheelchair or dialysis, he likely would have gotten them, and he wouldn't have been treated like an animal.

This is a problem the world over. Mental illness isn't considered medical, it's treated as if the mentally ill are evil demons. The brain is just a part of the body, like the spine or the kidneys. If it isn't working right, we need to help.

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he left home in the nude

They should have just let him go. He obviously needed to be in a mental health facility on medications. Sad.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

Man! There are so many "mental" issues in Japan. This is one of those "You can't make this stuff up." events.

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

the Shame culture in this country does not help as it prevents family members from seeking help for their son….

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Did the parents actually call any organization, agency, outreach, or people who take care of this kind of situation before the died?

This happened:

Last May, he left home in the nude, causing a ruckus and prompting his family to to confine him.

So, the organizations or agencies are aware. But they chose not to do anything either.

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Ever wondered how far a family would go to save face?… well now ya know!

RIP

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If you ever want to self-sabotage and get a one way ticket home, just take a stroll naked.

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Mental health obviously deteriorates from stress, @Reckless 7:54pm If you’re a foreigner, yes: deportation.  But if you’re Japanese, and a celebrity, you’ll be returned home (and still be obligated to fulfill your contract).

Apr 23, 2009: “Tsuyoshi Kusanagi of the pop group SMAP was found drunk and naked in a public park in Tokyo in the early hours of the morning, his agency said in a statement. He was alone and shrieking at the top of his voice, media reports said.“What’s wrong with being naked?” 

https://www.reuters.com/article/oukoe-uk-japan-indecent-idUKTRE53M1ZU20090423 

- @7:54pm: “If you ever want to self-sabotage and get a one way ticket home, just take a stroll naked.” -

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Poor soul.

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Did the parents actually call any organization, agency, outreach, or people who take care of this kind of situation before the died?

The problem is, they won't take care of the situation. As long as the parents are able-bodied, they will be told to look after him.

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