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82-year-old woman dies after being stabbed as she gets off bus

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An 82-year-old woman died after she was stabbed by a woman in her 40s as they both got off a bus in Ome, Tokyo, on Friday.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 3:30 p.m. The victim, Itsuko Kubo, was stepping off the bus when a woman passenger behind her suddenly stabbed her several times in the neck and back.

A witness called 110. Kubo was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Police said the woman who stabbed her has been rambling incoherently since her arrest, and that she claimed to be schizophrenic. They are checking to see if she has any such medical history.

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Wow!

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

Holy smoke! Another nutter carrying a knife around. Perhaps Japan is not the safe haven it tours itself as. Yeah, you are not likely to be mugged on the street it gets caught up in a bar fight, but there seems to be no shortage of loons running around with the “I just wanted to kill someone!” delusion spinning in their head.

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What a sad way for her to die by an unknown attacker.

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You can see these people everywhere you go in japan. Mumbling to themselves or having conversations with invisible enemies. Really disturbing that japan just lets these sickos wander around unattended

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 and that she claimed to be schizophrenic. They are checking to see if she has any such medical history.

It's like she knew she could do that and then claim mentally unstable as a defence.But it doesn't hide the fact she knew what she was doing.

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There are LOTS of lunatics out in public. The mentally unstable are often around the public transport.

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"You can see these people everywhere you go in japan. Mumbling to themselves or having conversations with invisible enemies."

I have seen at least 20 so far, nothing will happen to them unless they "jump" or take out another JN.

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A lot of mentally sick people are in OPEN facilities/ housing where they can go out as they please. The being yashashi factor is what killed this old girl. My wife’s a nurse at one facility and the stuff she tells me would give you nightmares. Watch ya back folks it really is One flew over the cuckoos nest out there!

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It's like she knew she could do that and then claim mentally unstable as a defence

Come on. Mentally stable people don't stab random old women on the back as they get off a bus. Unless we find that she was the woman's life insurance beneficiary, it's pretty safe to assume the attacker is crazy. You do see a lot of middle ages crazies here all bottled up and steaming with anger. As a foreigner, I give these women/men a wide berth. They may not try to stab me, but they might cause some other incident that will bring the police. And we know how that would go.

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It may have been about money issues.

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"You can see these people everywhere you go in japan. Mumbling to themselves or having conversations with invisible enemies."

You forgot the commenting on things on the internet and asking questions to random strangers. Who is to know who is crazy or not?

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I do agree it is shocking and it could have been anyone. Something must have really triggered the outburst.

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That sucks. Watch your backs folks! Literally and figuratively.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Mentally unstable people are every where i go, it is widely accepted here they even drive cars and have a licence. some can't even write but somehow they passed the driving test.

I am shocked sometime at the number of these ill people, most are very peaceful i guess,!! but not sure what will they do if triggered.

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Support for mental patients is very poor in Japan. One of the things that should be improved here.

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Best to steer clear of people mumbling incoherently to themselves. Have seen it many times on the train in Tokyo. Whenever I do, the very next stop I'll move to the next carriage. Why take a chance with an obvious ticking time bomb.

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Really disturbing that japan just lets these sickos wander around unattended

They're not all 'sickos' and they exist in all societies. Some are kept in institutions and some are homeless wondering the streets. But lets be honest, there are way more crimes being conducted by 'normal' people than the so called 'sickos'.

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All this has done is made me paranoid about all these people on the train who keep looking around nervously, whispering to themselves and making weird noises.

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Japan seriously needs a mental health act, people with these type of mental problems need be separated from society not just allowed to roam around getting up to god knows what..

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On another sad note, because of her “mental illness” she will avoid the death penalty.

83 years old and to end her life like that on a bus because of some sick animal who should’ve been somewhere under lock and key or at the very least with a minder.

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Instead of buying weapons from the US, the Japanese government must start to give back to the people !!!

1 ( +2 / -1 )

People found guilty of a single murder are rarely given a death sentence.

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On another sad note, because of her “mental illness” she will avoid the death penalty.

That's so sad. I was looking forward to a good execution too!

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but there seems to be no shortage of loons running around with the “I just wanted to kill someone!” delusion spinning in their head.

Thats for sure. Japan.

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WilliBJuly 11  08:10 pm JST

Support for mental patients is very poor in Japan. One of the things that should be improved here.

yup they still tie them to the bed with rope for their own good of course and rarely turn them so bed sores are common.

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"Perhaps Japan is not the safe haven it tours itself as"

Perhaps you are over dramatizing something that happens in many other countries and in Japan it is still something minimal but unfortunate.

Cut the drama..

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I have autism and I find it senseless the lots of people on here saying the "mentally unstable" should be locked away. This woman claims to be schizophrenic, it's not even proved. But jumping to conclusions before proof is the typical hysteria from yellow journalism and its followers.

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Well, Willb, time to come back home and smell the cordite after a poorly trained and panicking enforcer wildly empties an entire clip into a young man's back and anything sticking up downrange...and no shortage of recordings and images documenting the facts...IF ONLY it were fake news...

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Crazy people with weapons harming others.

What is wrong with our world?

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"the woman repeatedly slashed her with the knife, including to the neck."

 “I thought it would be enjoyable to stab someone,” the suspect was quoted by police."

OMG!

ref: https://www.tokyoreporter.com/crime/tokyo-woman-fatally-stabs-bus-passenger-in-ome/

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