79-year-old man arrested for stabbing downstairs neighbor


Police in Tokyo have arrested a 79-year-old man for stabbing his downstairs female neighbor at an apartment block.

According to police, Takayoshi Hara stabbed the woman, who is in her 70s, with a kitchen knife at around 7:20 a.m. on Tuesday at the apartment block in Suginami Ward, Fuji TV reported. A neighbor heard a woman scream for help three or four times and called police. 

Police rushed to the scene after receiving an emergency call and apprehended Hara. The victim is reportedly in a serious condition.

Police said Hara has admitted stabbing the woman. He was quoted as saying the woman was “harassing” him by hitting the ceiling, prompting him to stab her in response to “pent-up anger.”

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Seems strange to finally lose it at 79. I wonder if he had a history of violence, or did this extreme outburst of insanity wait 79 years to rear its head.

10 ( +13 / -3 )

Far out, even at that age. Too many mentally ill patients in Japan.

3 ( +8 / -5 )

Agree with Dan and Tom-

But maybe also he's just a man-baby who feels a sense of entitlement. Too many of those in Japan as well.

4 ( +10 / -6 )

I’ve had downstairs monster neighbor who used to bang on the ceiling even if I used the toilet in the early AM. She even called the cops and told them I was using a chainsaw on my 1m x 2m balcony, which was a cordless drill. However, I didn’t stab her. I just moved. Monster neighbors are a real thing in Japan. As is pent up anger from decades of being told what to do. It’s no wonder so many just snap.

14 ( +15 / -1 )

I’ve gotta one of these nutters banging on her floor/my ceiling now and she has done for years. Yes it annoying but just don’t stoop to their level. Water off a ducks back.

9 ( +9 / -0 )

I have a guy making something in his upstairs apartment every night and he makes a lot of noise like pounding and banging but its not enough to make me take a knife to him. That's never an option.

So, what makes people snap?

8 ( +8 / -0 )

This is clearly noise related, the current policy of contacting the police over noise issues with neighbors is not the solution. The number of these type of incidents is growing since the pandemic since more people are staying home more. We need an independent and impartial noise department within ward offices for stressed neighbors to contact when they have issues. Police involvement only increases the tension between neighbors, an impartial ruling with noise measuring equipment will keep things civilized and not get to this level of crazy..

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I think I had a run in with the same old women at the same apartments. My girlfriend was living there and one day while exiting the block we check her letter box. To my surprise a old hag started off on me. I ignored her and ask my girl friend why there was no locks on all the letter boxes. She told me that this old women who was still going off will not allow no one in the block to place locks on their letter box. I turn around and pointed this out to the old women and told my girlfriend to report her to the police which soon stop the old women in her tracts with her insults and went dead silent.

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"Seems strange to finally lose it at 79."

Besides thinking Not again!, I was thinking the same thing. And it seems likes it happens all too often these days. It seems like such a shame for these people to ruin a clean slate with murder before meeting their maker, especially at such an advanced age.

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It’s his ‘advanced age’, deteriorating mental & physical health amongst other inner-city congestion, environmental & economic factors. Apparently, not it enough familial & government support or services for the elderly ‘locked in place’.

*- @Daninthepan 7:31am**: “Seems strange to finally lose it at 79. “*

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

I don’t care, because as a teenager we moved into an area of newly blocks being built all around. There were such machine or drill noises all around and all the time, no problem, got used to it. And if really someone thinks he could afford some noisy overdoing with ceiling knocking or such childish things, well, I’ll just plug in my amplifier and play them some nice music at a decibel, bpm and bass frequencies rate they surely prey to be in a more peaceful and silent active earthquake area instead.

-8 ( +0 / -8 )

Pfft, join the club.

Idk what the hell people do upstairs from me.

It's like theres a decathlon every morning and night up there.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

The other day, I had a baba bird just a rollin her eyes at me like they did to marines during the occupation. The marine just looked at her like do something so I can give you something to really roll your eyes at. That's why a gaigin cant touch them, here for the sheer animosity of being completely conquered, but elsewhere is a different story.

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"Takayoshi Hara stabbed the woman, who is in her 70s, with a kitchen knife at around 7:20 a.m. on Tuesday at the apartment block in Suginami Ward"

"The victim is reportedly in a serious condition. At her age this could turn into a murder case soon.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

pop goes the weasel...

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Another one case! It is really disturbing.

"Japan, the safest country in the world"……. maye it is better to say "the country with the highest occurrence of mentally ill around".

Tons of perverts, tons of mentally ill, tons of suicides, tons of parents injuring infants, tons of national and international child abduction (world record for child abduction), tons of mentally unstable neighbors……..

Wait wait wait! I know, there are tons of crimes in any country, but Japan is usually depicted as the "peace and love country", and I would be cautious before praising a country as “the safest in the world”.

I would never say that Europe is the safest place in the world, but such mentally ill are definitively lesser than in Japan. It is most probable to be robbed on a train, but it is really less probable to bump into such types of mentally ill.

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In my 20's I once had a neighbor upstairs who gets too ROMANTIC!! with is partner around 2 or 3 am, with the sound of the bed rocking and her screaming me and my partner use to love it.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

@Mark, in other words if the ceiling was rocking then downstairs started rocking

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As a lonely edomite I've had my share of those "harassing” me by "hitting the ceiling" can drive one nuts.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

When my kids were small we moved in apartment above a truck driver. He came the first day thinking we were having party with say 15 people ! He softened when he saw the kids but he was knocking regularly on his ceiling for even the slightest moderate noise. And you know small kids like to move, run and jump. It was very stressful and especially for my lively kids to try to suppress them. And they were put in bed 9pm sharp...

It is very difficult to deal with such problems in Japan - moving, renting single house or first floor apartment or buying one of those in modern mansions with sound proof (floating) flooring. My sister in law lives in such and it works!

2 ( +2 / -0 )

I had horrific neighbours above me for years - parties, loud TV, loud music (some of it sectarian), throwing rubbish in the garden, etc... I wanted to launch a nuclear strike against them every weekend, but stab them? Never went that far.

Thankfully they moved and life is once again nice and calm.

I think the neighbours in this story were at the extreme end of the spectrum.

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