77-year-old man arrested on suspicion of fatally stabbing son


Kagoshima prefectural police have sent papers on a 77-year-old man to prosectors after he was arrested on suspicion of murdering his 53-year-old son on Friday.

According to police reports, Tsutomu Sato fatally stabbed his son Akiome with a knife on a street near their home at around 7 p.m., Sankei Shimbun reported. The victim died from stab wounds inflicted to his stomach shortly after arrival at a hospital.

According to multiple eyewitnesses, Sato was carrying what appeared to be a Japanese sword after the stabbing. Neighbors also told local media that the father and son often argued, and their voices could be heard in the neighborhood.

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Wow! These family murders just never stop in Japan. In other countries you read about murders involving robberies or fights in pubs, etc. but not in Japan because it’s a safe country - until you go home.

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@Do the hustle

What other countries are you thinking of? I read British papers everyday. No shortage of reports on family murders in British tabloids. I rather doubt that every pub fight or robbery in London makes it into the news. If you want more crime stories in Japan, the different police precincts in Tokyo have e-mail alerts you can subscribe to.

You do, of course, have to be able to read Japanese.

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There are far more murders involving family members in Japan than the UK.

Of course Japan is safer than the UK in every way except intra-family killings, but to say Japan doesn't have a problem with family members killing each other is rather native I feel.

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