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73-year-old woman arrested over murder of 83-year-old husband

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Police in Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture, have arrested a 73-year-old woman on suspicion of killing her ailing 83-year-old husband.

According to police, Teruko Ikeda has admitted to strangling her husband Yoichi with a face mask string at around 12:30 a.m. Friday at their house, Sankei Shimbun reported.

The couple lived with their two sons. Ikeda woke her eldest son and he called 110.

She was quoted by police as saying she was worn out from looking after her husband.

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Cowardly old witch. Being worn out from doing her job, the poor thing. The sad thing is that she will likely avoid punishment due to her age

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That's a bit harsh Vince. It's extremely likely that 'worn out from looking after her husband' actually means caring for him in old age, when he may have been bedridden or suffering from dementia etc.

It's physically and mentally exhausting, and if you do it all by yourself, at 73 years old, for goodness knows how many years, it's not surprising people 'snap'.

I wonder how much her 2 grown up sons were helping with care as well as all the house chores etc.

This brings up debates surrounding legalizing euthanasia, and better support and care for the elderly.

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I never would have thought a face mask could be used this way.

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A lot of worn out people out there. Maybe tell someone you are worn out and try to get help instead of offing the poor person?

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Men better watch out.You are the pillar of the house,you are the ATM of the house but when you grow old and no longer productive,no one wants you.

I've even heard some young girls say that they do not want their fathers underwear to be washed together with theirs at the same time in the washing machine.

In most cases,women outlive men and seems they get tired of looking after old men who are not productive anymore.If you go to Rojin homes you will notice many of the occupants are women.Their husband's probably dead or bedridden.

I have a Japanese friend here whose dad was living alone in an apartment and died in the house.No one noticed for a whole month including his wife and adult children until the caretaker of the house noticed a foul smell.When they opened the door,worms were all over.It was a horrible scene.

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WTF is wrong with people?

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Cowardly old witch. Being worn out from doing her job, the poor thing. 

That is possibly a little unfair. We dont know the full circumstances of the story. Perhaps the old man had dementia, was in pain with cancer, we dont know. It could have been a mercy killing by a loving wife.

In any case - RIP.

I have a Japanese friend here whose dad was living alone in an apartment and died in the house.No one noticed for a whole month including his wife and adult children

I hope you called your friend out on this. Not checking on her dad for a month while he rotted alone was really mean.

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My same ole question, do YOU want to grow old in Japan...…… it is sad to keep seeing the same old stories repeated over & over, wives killing husbands, husbands killing wives, kids killing their parents.....

I DONT want to grow old here, but likely will, I wonder what they hell will happen, its not likely going to end nicely for many of us here in old age...…..

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Once again, if the roles were reversed, there wouldn't much sympathy in the comment section. It's so predictable..

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