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51-year-old man arrested over murder of wife, mother-in-law

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Police in Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture, have arrested a 51-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of killing his 51-year-old wife and his 80-year-old mother-in-law while they were asleep, and attempting to kill his son.

According to police, Osamu Kanezumi strangled his wife Sanae and her mother Fumiko Tsubaki at around 6 a.m. on Wednesday morning, Fuji TV reported. Police said he also tried to kill his high school age son who was able to resist. The son got out of the house and called 110.

When police arrived, they found the bodies of Kanezumi’s wife and mother-in-law. Kanezumi was found unconscious after having slit his wrists and stabbed himself in the neck. He was taken to hospital where he was arrested on Thursday night.

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Very sad. At least his son escaped.

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Good now he can go spend a long time in jail..

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As long as I live, I will never understand this. And I guess it is not meant to be understood by normal people. I have written this before here on JapanToday, if you feel you want to kills someone, buy a one way ticket to Hawaii and live on the beach. No need to kill anyone.

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Michael Machida: He was unemployed. The one-way ticket to Hawaii, and the cost of living in Hawaii, might have been a bit beyond his means.

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WOW Sad! One thing we don't know is WHY? Unemployed could be the main reason but still why?

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Tragic. It takes a lot of nerve and power to strangle someone to death. Glad the son was able to escape.

Mental health problems are rampant in this country.

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WOW Sad! One thing we don't know is WHY? Unemployed could be the main reason but still why?

Most likely since he lost his job his wife and mother in law think he had lost his usefulness as the provider so had been calling him useless and not worthy of being called a man and other degrading names which seems to be the Japanese way. So basically he was being abused and someone being abused can only handle it for so long.

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P Smith on a rape case:

P. Smith Oct. 5 07:09 am JST

As you read my comments, please keep in mind that I do not condone abuse of any kind; however, I am a huge fan of the presumption of innocence.

So this guy is into girls of that age and can't keep his fists to himself.

Allegedly.

Hotels should at least be able to ask for ID's for people of questionable age and appearance before allowing them to check in. 

You’ve never been to a love hotel where you pay the machine to unlock the door?

So, he already had form! 

Allegedly.

Hopefully 'former' teacher.

If found guilty.

P Smith on a murder case:

P. SmithToday 06:49 am JST

Tragic. It takes a lot of nerve and power to strangle someone to death. Glad the son was able to escape.

Mental health problems are rampant in this country.

Why the change of heart, P Smith?

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He obviously was trying to kill himself as well, but why did he try to take it out on his family? He'll have plenty of time to think about that in the can.

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Sad. RIP.

Not only in Japan but rampant in Japan.

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@girl_in_tokyo

I don't see a change in heart between his last comment and this comment. I do see a difference in circumstance one is accused and the other is caught red handed.

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However on my last comment I neglected to say that the father could be covering for his son ...

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"killing his 51-year-old wife and his 80-year-old mother-in-law while they were asleep, and attempting to kill his son at around 6 a.m."

Did one of those early morning dusty off guard sneak attacks, well known for.

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James Today 10:24 am JST

I don't see a change in heart between his last comment and this comment. I do see a difference in circumstance one is accused and the other is caught red handed.

The circumstances are identical, because in that other case the man was also caught red-handed, so to speak.

The point being that people quite often have a different set of standards of guilt when they read a story about sexual assault. Arson, murder, robbery - those arrests engender condemnation of the perpetrator and an assumption that an arrest indicates guilt.

But when the subject is sexual assault, the same kind of evidence - an arrest - is treated as if it is only circumstantial, and that a court verdict is needed before anyone should even have an opinion.

Obviously double standards abound, and this is not the first or last time we will see this.

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@girl_in_tokyo

I don't believe that the two crimes are even close to being similar this one is where the victim escaped and immediately called the police.

Where as the other one you are talking about was reported some time after the fact.

sexually assaulting a teenage girl in a hotel last month.

This is certainly not red handed / in the act

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