53-year-old man arrested for beating 82-year-old mother to death with his fists


Police in Suita, Osaka Prefecture, said Saturday they have arrested a 53-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of killing his 82-year-old mother by beating her with his fists.

Police said Shintaro Takashima is accused of killing his mother at their home at around 12:10 a.m. on Friday, Kyodo News reported. Police said Takashima has admitted punching his mother Mitsuko in the face with his fists several times but denied intent to kill.

After assaulting his mother, Takashima called 119 and said his mother had died. Ambulance personnel arrived and found Mitsuko lying in her bedroom on the second floor of the house. She was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

The hospital called police after doctors found several bruises on Mitsuko’s face.

Police quoted Takashima as saying he had been quarreling a lot with his mother recently and he lost his temper.

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-5 ( +2 / -7 )

OMG. The humanity, why?

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Todays family murder is a rather horrid one.

-4 ( +6 / -10 )

This phenomenon of people killing their elderly parents is horrifying.

4 ( +8 / -4 )

Killing parents, parents killing children, suicide and mental illness is so very common here in Japan.

-6 ( +12 / -18 )

Denied the intent to kill........

Really? Punching an 82 year old woman in the face several times but didn't "intend" to kill?

So, just what exactly what were your intentions?

3 ( +6 / -3 )

Having lived in Japan, I understand the family tension. Japanese need to lighten up a bit and stop all the traditional stuff.

-8 ( +4 / -12 )

What was his intention then? Sometimes, you just have to walk away and cool off before it’s too late. Family are precious.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

The mother was probably on him getting a job and his answer to her was using his fists.

Grown man child.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

I pray for the death penalty for this animal.

RIP to the poor old lady.

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

What a ghastly crime to commit. What could lead to such a dreadful tragedy? Did the elderly mother have dementia and the son flipped his lid and lost his mind? I wonder if we will ever know the true facts behind this tragic event.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

Takashima has admitted punching his mother Mitsuko in the face with his fists several times but denied intent to kill.

What did he think would happen when he started repeatedly punching his mother in the face? His mother who was 82 years of age? What a weak attempt at an excuse for this abhorrent behavior. Throw this pathetic excuse for a human being in jail and let him rot.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Another day, another family murder. Not a safe place anymore.

-3 ( +6 / -9 )

Did his future victim, who delivered him into the world and once ministered to his every need, have any inkling of his capacity for ultra violence? Perhaps it was there right from the start; the little droogie with a demented smile portending heinous evil. 

Or, was this a case of an unwanted and unloved child, starved of affection and raised in a dysfunctional environment, determined to exact revenge at a time of his choosing?

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

Wow the typical police statement when a person kills in Japan “ denying intent to kill.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

New Year and no job perhaps wanted to go out drinking with buddies and ask for money. Perhaps she said no and that set him off!!

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The illusion of a peaceful society is cracking. The rigidness of Japanese society is causing so much pain within families. Young people with children must do all they can to end generational pain and create a more loving society. All you need is love.

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Like most people, I am wondering how such a horrible act is possible. Just spitballing here, but I read that sometimes the covid virus settles in the brain. Perhaps that explains some of the really irrational behavior I have seen in people lately?

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