4th suspect arrested over fatal assault of man on building roof


Police in Tokyo have arrested a fourth suspect in the fatal assault of a 43-year-old man on a building roof terrace last month.

Aoi Kametani, 24, whose occupation is unknown, turned himself in at a police station on Saturday night, Sankei Shimbun reported. Police said Kametani has denied the charge. He was quoted as saying he turned himself in after he heard he was on a nationwide wanted list.

The assault occurred at around 2:45 p.m. on Nov 27 on the roof of an 11-floor commercial building in the Kabukicho district in Shinjuku. A woman in an adjacent building called 110n and said a man was being beaten by a gang.

The victim was Akira Ujie, of unknown occupation. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.  

Police said three suspects, Juki Sekiguchi, also of unknown occupation, and the two others, aged 18, were identified after an analysis of street surveillance camera footage of people who went in and came out of the building around that time. They were arrested the next day.

Police said they are questioning Kametani about his relationship with the Ujie and the other suspects.

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One to ‘supervise’ their initiation, the 2 ‘minors’ to actually execute the assault. Wish the prosecutors would set a precedent and challenge the J law, (at least in ‘the court of public opinion’): Bring all 3 up on murder charges, including the 2 minors as “adults” for a premeditated, criminal conspiracy resulting in a death.

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why we have to know all of theirs occupations???

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@Eastman why we have to know all of theirs occupations??? Because your job is everything in Japan. It defines your place in a country where it thrives on what you do.

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why we have to know all of theirs occupations???

Because that is information Japanese people expect to hear in the news, and this is a news site in Japan. When Japanese people learn history in school, they look at an incident, all the players, and the context around the incident - their ranks, their roles their positions etc. As such, they expect the same from news stories; they want to know the context, who the person was and what their job was (or wasn't), so that they can have more context as to the incident as a whole.

It looks weird to foreigners, but it's perfectly normal in Japan. Conversely, if you left this information out, Japanese readers would feel that the story is incomplete.

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