46-year-old man arrested on suspicion of stabbing mother to death


Police in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on Tuesday arrested a 46-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of murder after he stabbed his 70-year-old mother at their home.

According to police, Akihiro Ohashi stabbed his mother Akemi in the neck at around 5:30 p.m. at their home in Taihaku Ward, Sankei Shimbun reported. Akemi staggered out of the house, bleeding from her wound, and asked a neighbor for help. The neighbor called police. Akemi was taken to hospital where she later died.

Police said Ohashi, who was found at the scene of the crime, in blood-spattered clothes and with a knife, initially admitted to the charge but he has been rambling incomprehensibly since his arrest.

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Rambling incomprehensibly. So he's had mental problems that went undiagnosed and he snapped. The stigma of mental illness in Japan has deadly consequences

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As the Great Disillusioned, has mentioned before; paraphrased: " 1 out of 3" could be "undiagnosed" in our midst.

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I’m not saying the is s common scenario in Japan but, as soon as I saw the headline and said to myself, I bet he was unemployed and lived with his mother.

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at least he didn't freak out at some large station or attack kids at random...this guy needs meds.

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Does unemployment cause crime, or is that just the accepted local "wisdom", on a par with the notion that correlation is the same as causation?

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In the neck. Those three words have become far too common in the pages of JT lately.

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Of course I don't know all the details, but I am guessing that he was unemployed because he was unemployable. Prospective employers could probably sense that this guy wasn't all there.

Employment doesn't cause crime but untreated mental illness is a different story.

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I meant to say "Unemployment doesn't cause crime...."

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Domestic violence in Japan is ugly and common these days and the elderly are very frequently targeted. That's not a rosy picture in a nation where every 3rd person is aged 65 or older.

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