55-year-old man arrested over murder of parents


Police in Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, have arrested a 55-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of killing his parents at their home over the weekend.

According to police, Takayoshi Kunii has admitted to the charge, Fuji TV reported. He was quoted as saying he also wanted to die but couldn't kill himself.

Police said Kunii told them he suffocated his 89-year-old father with a zabuton (floor cushion) at around 1 a.m. on Saturday and then strangled his bedridden 84-year-old mother with a cord at around 1 a.m. Sunday. He then called 110 at 6:20 a.m. and told police what he had done.

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Sad, it will get worse before getting better!

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Full time carer?

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Another middle-aged person locked in the role of full time carer turns to murder as a release. Sadly, it’s an all too common scenario in Japan. I’ve known many people in their 50’s and 60’s who are waiting and praying for their ailing parents to die so they can get their life back. Aged care facilities are few and far between and, extremely expensive. Very few can afford such a luxury and, as a result, the children become full time carers, which results in murder way to often. Sad indeed!

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He did a double whammy, took out mammy and pappy...

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Asked yourself :what have the parents done to him in his life that this guy can do something like that? Asked this to yourself and you might understand his action.

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Given the fact that Japan is an ageing society and the government has put its priority on military spending and have asked us to be a "society of 100 million that takes care of itself", or whatever rubbish Abe was selling, this will get far worse as income is stretched, taxes increased, and families expected to take care of their own ailing families instead of asking for assistance.

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"Given the fact that Japan is an ageing society" and wont be able to support a military.

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Larr Flint "Sad, it will get worse before getting better!"

Definitely looks that way....

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This situation is tragic for both the parents and the son. He was likely worn out from caring for his parents. As a result, I feel sorry for both the parents and the son. It is my understanding Japan has a comprehensive Long Term Care Policy for these kinds of situations.?

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Society has failed to him: not enough support, services, help...

We should take to debate the need of euthanasia.

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Not enough info in the article or known yet, but that doesn't stop folks from posting about care giving, euthanasia, etc.

-"...worse before getting better." How did you conclude that?

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He killed twice so he qualifies for the death penalty under Japanese law.

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i mean killing at the age of 55 and his parents like what is going on in this world !!!!

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