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31-year-old man arrested for killing bedridden father


Police in Kameoka, Kyoto Prefecture, have arrested an unemployed 31-year-old man on suspicion of killing his bedridden 67-year-old father.

Police said the suspect, Kei Uwashitomi, has admitted to the charge and quoted him as saying he was worn out from looking after his father, Sankei Shimbun reported.

Police said Uwashitomi stomped on his father Akira’s chest as he slept in his futon at their home on the evening of Feb 14. He then called 119 and said his father had lost consciousness.

The victim was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. The hospital contacted police and reported that the death looked suspicious.

Uwashitomi was questioned voluntarily on Friday and admitted to abusing his father, police said.

Police said the suspect and his father lived alone.

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ouch, rip

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Japanese government and Corporate Japan must train unemployed people so that they can stand on their legs and start earning their livelihood so that such family killings are avoided in the Japan.

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Japanese government and Corporate Japan must train unemployed people

Or maybe they can train or give visas to the tens of thousands of nurses they need to cater their elderly... so there would be less people quitting unemployment (and even the city where they live, their spouse and kids) because they have to totally stop their own life, go back to inaka and become a 24/24 and 7/7 carer for patients with complicated conditions and disabilities.

Frankly no idea what was the killer's professional situation and for how long the father had been sick.

I say that as we read daily about cases of dramas occurring in families where someone not qualified, not physically able is forced by necessity to do the job shifts of 3 nurses.

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@coskuri - Very well said, but it doesn't excuse murdering his father

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@coskuri - They did try to import over 10,000 nurses from the Philippines and Indonesia four years ago, but typically, the language test was too difficult and over 90% of them failed. As a result, this idea was just scrapped and cases like this continue to occur regularly. Recently, there have been many private companies setting up aged-care and going to homes of the elderly to care for them. However, these businesses are the most likely to fail in the firs three months due to many of the elderly being broke and unable to pay for the services. This is where the government fails. These companies are given no subsidies or support from the government and the elderly are victims of a failed pension system. There are many people and families who are stuck as full time careers for the ailing parents or in-laws. In this particular case it’s not clear if the offender was unemployed because of caring for his father or for other reasons, but I fear it is the former, not the latter.

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Sad..and socially preventable..

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