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71-year-old man turns himself in with wife's body

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A 71-year-old man has turned himself in a police station in Nasushiobara, Tochigi Prefecture, after killing his wife. Police said Masane Tsunematsu drove to the police station with the body of his wife in the car.

Tsunematsu was quoted by police as saying, "I was worn out from looking after my wife, so I killed her," Sankei Shimbun reported.

Police said Tsunematsu told them he strangled his wife Yoko, 69, with a belt at their residence early Thursday morning. He showed up at the police station at around 2 a.m.

According to police, Tsunematsu lived with his wife who had suffered from a crippling illness since 2004.

An employee of a nursing-care service told media that Tsunematsu had always been kind to his wife.

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"I was worn out... so I killed her"

RIP Yoko-san!! :-(

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Another elderly Japanese man committed a murder! I hope he faced a death sentence!

-21 ( +4 / -25 )

I wouldn't judge until you've walked a mile in those shoes. Not excusing him but he was 71 himself, worn out from care, probably little to no outside help, for 11 years. Who knows what that will do to the psyche over time.

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I am with @NathalieB on this one. We cannot excuse murder; however, not all murders are equal. There are things called "mitigating circumstances." And this would possibly be one of those cases.

We know nothing of the relationship of this couple. However, we do know that he took care of her for 11 years. And, as @NathalieB rightly points out, probably with little or no outside help. And no prospect for any change in the situation in the future.

I note that he committed this crime and then turned around and immediately put his wife's body in the car and drove to the police station and turned himself in. I am no shrink, but I am sure a shrink would be able to derive meaning from that.

I just feel sorrow. Sorrow that the wife lost her life. Sorrow that the husband felt compelled to do this.

12 ( +14 / -2 )

11 years...that's a lot of love he gave without getting any love in return. I'm sure he mentally tired as well. As much as feel for the old man, they can't be too linient on him or else there will be so many more of these types of killings in the future. So sad.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

he strangled his wife Yoko, 69, with a belt (OUCH) at their residence early Thursday morning.

so much for till death do us part?

"he drove to the police station with the body of his wife in the car." (drive through court case?)

more like tales form the crypt, or burnt offerings 死者への供物

-8 ( +5 / -13 )

sad ending. 11 years is a long suffering, not pointing only at the caring part, also the pain he suffered from seeing his love one suffered and deteriorating. not an easy life for him to make that decision.

6 ( +8 / -2 )

So Tsunematsu-san, after nurse-caring for his wife for eleven years and finally killing her, turned himself in, the body of his wife in his car. Even in death he would not want to leave her alone, it seems. Desperate actions like this scream for more help, more care, more support from the health care system. This is no murder, more like a very sad case of manslaughter. And it makes me worry about my elderly and handicapped friends in Japan.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

Mercy killing. Assisted suicide. Anything but murder. I can't imagine the courage - yes, courage - it took him to do it. I work with severely handicapped people, and their options - and the options of those caring for them - are fearsome, awesome, and even sometimes, inspiring. But they're always tragic. Pity the old man for his only choice, at least as it seemed to him. He'll hurt for the rest of his life.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

Japan has national pension and health care systems that everyone pays into, and they seem to be ok. But between those two systems, they can't fix situations like this? Is it because the man didn't ask for help, or because there was no help available to him? This is a very sad story, and it could become a more familiar story as the population ages.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

As the wife I would forgive him. It's been too much.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

i am touched by reading most of the comments in a sentimental way toward the 71 year old man. felt there is still humans have love in their heart.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Another failure of the aged care system in Japan. People pay high premiums all their life for health insurance and their pension fund, but in the end, they get very little.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

I have no words. Just sad. So sad for both of them.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

When Mom got sick there was a lot of help from the city, who provided nurses for 12 hours out of every 24 hours and who made sure we weren't going crazy from the stress. They flat-out told us that if anything happens causing Mom to die early (mainly an accident, like her choking due to things that we did wrong, not knowing how to care for a person that sick), they'd make sure there was never any word spoken of it. I shudder to think of what these (awesome, wonderful) people have seen.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

This is sad indeed I couldn't imagine doing such a thing to the one you love nor go on living with the guilt of it. I hope he gets the help he needs to live on pass this.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

According to the Nursing-care members, "Mr. Tsunemastu had always been kind to his wife..." Well then, because of that this man has the right to kill his wife? We have admit his crime as out of his kindness? This is Japan. Welcome to the primitive justice.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

I agree with both NathalieB and zones2surf as well as RonriiUrufu and TrevorPeace a little bit of compassion can go a long way... I'm sure he wasn't doing it for "pleasure"...

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According to the Nursing-care members, "Mr. Tsunemastu had always been kind to his wife..." Well then, because of that this man has the right to kill his wife? We have admit his crime as out of his kindness?

Show me one post where someone said he had a right to kill her. He did not have that right, but the stress of caring for an ill spouse can be a mitigating factor. Not an ABSOLVING factor, but a mitigating factor.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

This is already a HUGE problem here, and its going to steadily get worse, I feel very sorry for BOTH the wife & this man who now has to live with what he was drove to do............

Once again I ask, do you want to grow old here..............how utterly depressing

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