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Man, 60, arrested for hanging 90-year-old mother in Chiba

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A 60-year-old man was arrested on Sunday for murder, accused of using a cord tied to an overhead beam to choke his 90-year-old mother to death in their Yachiyo City apartment.

Police said Akiyoshi Ishiwata, who lived in the apartment with his mother, is accused of wrapping the cord around her neck as she sat in a chair and pulling the chair out from under her, causing her to choke to death at around noon on Saturday.

Police said Ishiwata called his ex-wife on Saturday night and told her he had killed his mother, and she in turn called an ambulance. Ishiwata’s mother was found dead lying in a futon.

Ishiwata said his mother had frequented a hospital for psychiatric care. He was quoted by police as saying: “She said she wanted to die, so I helped her.”

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In olden times here in Japan, it was not an uncommen practice to send off grampa or granma to some far off mountain, and let them die there in the cold "uba ste" litteraly "dumping the granparents" off to let them die. When Japan was a mostly agricultural nation, and the old folks, were too old to go out and work in the fields, pick the rice etc..just sit around the house and wait to be fed, bathed etc..while the rest of the family had to go on working and making up for granpa or granma lack of work, this was seen as quite normal back in the day. Now, well, it is illegal, but still all Japanese know or have heard of "uba sute" which was also quite popular with the American Indians back in the day. Anyway, RIP obaachan.

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Stone cold

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An evil man - he'll never see the gates of heaven even if he's re-born a 100 times over - killing is mother is the greatest sin and like rejecting your ticket to heaven - shame on you Akiyoshi, shame on you, YOU ARE DOOMED

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Another day, another murder reported on JT. This story in particular is very sick indeed.

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Why (almost) every problem in Japan must end in death?... It used to be the land of the rising sun and became now afterglow country...

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You mother raised you, and now she is old and feeble, taking care of her is to much of a hassle?

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Sorry should have read this is execution.

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Lets call a spade a spade here, this is not an assisted suicide this execution! What lead to it is another question. RIP Ma.

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This is getting crazy...

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Why did he wait until she was already 90 years old?? If she was nuts many years before, he could have done this when she was 60 and he was just 30?? My guess is his wife was probably really sick of the old nutty mother in law who would just go on and on like an Eveready battery. RIP old woman.

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realist you've said exactly what I wanted to say. Schools should have Moral Science lessons for kids from the age of 5 years onwards so that when they grow up they can distinguish between right and wrong. Maybe, it is the breakdown in family values and marriages the main reason for situations where 60 year olds end up looking after their old parents all by themselves. It sure is not easy to do, so all these bizarre things happen.

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LFRAgain "Assisted suicide" = MURDER.

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Japan - a nation without compassion, and without a soul. It seems like almost every day we read of horrible cases like this, and I think it id disgraceful that there are people who would try to argue that what this man did was not murder. It was. It was the unlawful killing of another human being, in this case, his mother. Sometimes I really despair for this country and its people. They have lost their way, spiritually and morally. It is a spiritually and morally bankrupt country, and is becoming a very sad place to be. Ive lived here for a long time, but what I see these days makes me think that the time is coming to move on to greener pastures... This is just plain sick.

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" I want to die2 doesn't mean "please kill me.", anyway.

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soldave

Problem is, this type of thing is becoming so common that people are becoming desensitized to it and just treating it as normal life in Japan.

I'm afraid that isolated people caring for elderly parents who may be suffering from serious dementia is 'normal life' pretty well everywhere and people in that situation sometimes do just completely flip.

Don't judge others that have disintegrated under that pressure if you have never experienced it yourself.

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Problem is, this type of thing is becoming so common that people are becoming desensitized to it and just treating it as normal life in Japan.

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One the one hand, she asked him to kill her. On the other hand, she was crazy so probably didn't know what she was saying. I suspect he took her psychotic incoherent ramblings as "please kill me," which in his nutter brain, obliged.

Kind of strange method, though. Kick the chair out from under her? Why not strangle her yourself, champ?

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Last year it was crazy youths who made headlines, this year it is the nation´s seniors.

Bizarre!

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yes, this is VERY believable. Nothing surprises nor shocks me here.

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If his story is to be believed, this isn't that much different from assisted suicide, which I believe is a legitimate course of action in some cases. But to wrap a cord around her neck, then pull a chair out from under her? Sounds more malicious than merciful.

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And i thought it couldn't get any worse!!!! What would drive him to do this??? I wish i had hands big enough to wrap around Japan and shake it while saying WTF are you doing??????

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