75-year-old man arrested for killing wife who suffered from dementia


Police in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, have arrested a 75-year-old man on suspicion of killing his 72-year-old ailing wife at their home.

According to police, Takashi Sakamoto is accused of strangling his wife Kazue, who suffered from dementia, at around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at their home in Tsurumi Ward, Kyodo News reported. Police said Sakamoto called 110 and said he had killed his wife.

When police arrived at the scene, Kazue was collapsed on the floor and rushed to hospital, where she was confirmed dead.

Sakamoto was quoted by police as saying he was worn out from looking after his wife. He said she did not recognize him anymore and stopped listening to him.

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This is not a crime.

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I do not condone taking someone’s life however I do not want to rush to judgment. As we all know dementia is an EXTREMELY terrible disease. Aside from the individual who has dementia this disease is EXTREMELY difficult and EXTREMELY stressful on everyone else involved. Dementia can wear out anyone physical and mentally. Further the cost of dementia care is astronomical. No one can really assist anyone for in this situation and anyone who may be able to assist is often opportunistic. For instance, any agency, nursing home or geriatric care service charges an arm and a leg for their services. Further, such entities look for any excuse to increase the fees. What is disturbing is that aside from the individual who suffers from dementia many take advantage of the other individuals involved because it is understood they are in an extremely vulnerable stage.

My reason for the above is that anyone who is Mr. Sakamoto’s situation can break. I suspect he was in a situation similar to what I described above.

In conclusion, all this being stated, not that I condone taking someone’s life but I do feel for Mr. Sakamoto. I hope there can be some resolve to all this.

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Unfortunately, my uncle had to make the discovery of his neighbor that did this to his wife, here in Florida, then the man took his own life.

Its something that happens around the world.

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This is not a crime.

Of course it is. Even in countries with legalized euthanasia, the afflicted person needs to request it.


Many nations now legalise euthanasia. Is there any interest in this in Japan?

Doubtful. Just try finding a veterinarian willing to do it for your suffering pet.

Also, even in countries with legalized euthanasia, the afflicted person needs to request it, which wasn't done, in this case.

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