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27-year-old man arrested over sister's death in Kawasaki


Police in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, have arrested a 27-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of killing his 24-year-old sister.

According to police, Yuya Takasaki stabbed his sister Minami in the neck in her bedroom at their apartment at around 5:20 a.m. on Tuesday, Sankei Shimbun reported. At around 11 a.m. the same day, Takasaki turned himself in at a koban (police box) near his home, and said he had killed his sister.

When police arrived at Takasaki’s apartment, they found Minami collapsed and covered in blood on her bed, with multiple stab wounds to the neck. She was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Police said Takasaki had been living with his mother in the apartment and that Minami, who lived on her own, was visiting them for a few days. Their mother was home at the time of the stabbing but told police she was asleep and didn’t know what had happened until the police arrived.

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The stabbings continue. So, how safe is Japan?

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multiple stab wounds to the neck

Why in the neck ? There was several cases of stab wound in the neck, moreover multiple ones. Is there some know motivation ?

My condolences.

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So, how safe is Japan?

In comparison to where?

I grew up in a smaller US town, and with the exception of walking on local streets, feel much safer in Japan than I did where I am from?

I have lived in six different countries, and traveled to dozens of others, Nowhere else in the world do I feel as safe regarding my personal security as I do in Japan.

Not having to worry about someone carrying a semi-automatic weapon and going postal, seals the deal for me. I'm pretty fast and can probably outrun most people carrying a knife or other sharp object, plus I am confident in my ability to protect myself, and as an American am accustomed to being on alert any time I leave the house and am around crowds. watching out for potential wacks as much as possible.

I do not drive a car in Japan, so do not have to worry about road rage, or just plain stupid driving.

There are many reasons I live in Japan, and my own and my family's personal security is one of the main ones.

Also I read newspapers and talk to friends and family back in the US, and believe what I read in Japanese media about crime in general here, though sometimes grisly, pales in comparison with what is reported in media in the US.

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The stabbings continue. So, how safe is Japan?

You do realize the majority of stabbings commited in Japan are amongst the family right? Random stabbings are not as common in Japan as they are in other countries. There is very low violent crime outside of family violence compared to other countries.

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 So, how safe is Japan?

Very safe. Low crime doesn't mean zero crime.

If you want to find a place with absolutely zero crime you'd need to go to a place with no humans.

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To be fair, this is not even an issue of “is Japan still a ‘safe’ country”. This is a type of violence within the family. So, arbitrarily stating some unsubstantiated, all-encompassing and generalized national homicide statistics for a country is irrelevant and otherwise, pointless here.

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Stories of Japanese “interfamilial violence” get covered in this outlet weekly yet, there are NO ‘published’ statistics provided by the Ministry of Justice nor the NPA.

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a 27-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of killing his 24-year-old sister.


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Unemployed, sister came for a visit, brother lived with mother. Perhaps this was nothing but jealousy where the brother just felt the sister was better off than he was, and she came back invading his space that he didn't want to share. Selfish!

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RIP poor victim.

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Agreed @kaimycahl 9:24. Selfish” and as someone often states here: “Pathetic”.

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Another sad testament of Japan’s decaying and disintegrating families with very little sibling bonding, love and loyalty. - Perhaps interracial marriages and an infusion of a variety of occidental values of ‘faith, love and family cohesiveness’ many be the last saving grace for a culture slowing murdering itself? Doesn’t have to religious just have to show there is a broader world and other ideologies available.

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At 5:20 am? Strange. As usual, no details to the news.

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This sort of thing has always happened in Japan and there are plenty of unsolved murders going back decades. Still it's safer than most countries.

But what does safe mean when the country experiences so many natural disasters? I'd be more worried about my kids if there was a quake or being hit by a car while walking on the road.

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The stabbings continue. So, how safe is Japan?


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Well, we wanted to know the motivation for him to kill his sister.

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She probably told him to get a job and stop hanging out with his Yak buddies...


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Finally, kentarogaijin (September 1, 06:10am) and I agree on something. Well said Ken.

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that's going to make for awkward family reunions

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Crimes like these would never make national news back home in the U.S. That's how much safer it is to live here in Japan. Heck, even shootings and muggings, unless they happen in public places like schools, often don't make the news in the U.S.

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Michael MachidaSep. 1 04:55 pm JST

The stabbings continue. So, how safe is Japan?

Japan is crime-low and not crime-free.

In Japan most crimes happen between people who know each other, within the family or with co-workers etc.

Outsiders are rarely attacked. I do not know even one place in all Japan, after living here for more than 40 years, which is unsafe for me to walk around day and night.

There is very little street crime going on in Japanese cities compared to many cities somewhere in North- and South America and Europe.

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The police did not arrive until after 11am. Did the daughter normally sleep in that late? The mother did not check? There are more questions than answers here.

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Another pathetic piece of trash. Good job, Yuya.

Hopefully they get rid of yet, another man child off the streets.

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I've thought blood is thicker than water?

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I've thought blood is thicker than water?

That's just a saying. Unfortunately inter-family killings have been a part of humanity since our inception.

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Many of these result from arguments about money. He may have asked for some or may have tried to take some. The police will get a full confession from him within a few days.

I feel sorry for the mother who now has lost two of her children, one to death and the other to a prison sentence of 13-18 years.

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