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85-year-old husband says he strangled sick wife to ‘put her out of her misery’

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Police in Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture, have arrested an 85-year-old man on suspicion of killing his bedridden 78-year-old wife.

Police said Tokuji Imai has admitted to the charge and quoted him as saying he “quickly wanted to put his suffering wife out of her misery," Fuji TV reported.

According to police, Imai strangled his wife Akie with a towel at around 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, a female home care worker visited the Imai residence at 8:30 a.m. and found Akie dead in her bed. She contacted the nursing home which then called police.

Imai wasn’t home at the time and was found walking in a nearby parking lot by police. He had left a note at home in which he said he had killed his wife. Police suspect he was contemplating suicide.

Due to an illness, Akie was left paralyzed on one side of her body, had a speech impediment, and was bedridden.

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85-year-old husband says he strangled sick wife to ‘put her out of her misery’

...and to perhaps end his "misery" too.

He should have sought help or at least speak to someone about it.

True or not we only have his word for it.

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He should have sought help or at least speak to someone about it.

What makes you think he didn’t?

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is that all you ever do dude is go around second guessing everyone's opinions?

Do you think he really said to someone..."If I don't get some help with my wife I'm going to bump her off"

No? Me neither bud.

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It would be time in developed countries to have a serious debate about euthanasia.

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He will get away with murder because no judge will put an 85 year old man in jail

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How do we know she wanted to be put out of her misery

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How do we know she wanted to be put out of her misery

I think her husband of over 5 decades would know. Why do you think a man that loved a woman that long would suddenly want to kill her without a good reason? You ever cared for a person that has lost all independence and is depressed as there is no hope of getting better? If not, perhaps better not to ask silly questions.

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He's a murderer and should be punished as one. Why he did it is irrelevant.

Lock him up for the rest of his days

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@simon - So we should just take his word for it? "Your honor, she wanted me to do it." "Okay then, case dismissed".

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@ Simon - What if the husband of five decades had a girlfriend who wanted to move in, but the wife was in the way?

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@ Simon - what if the husband of five decades was tired of spending his pension on caring for his wife instead of wine, women, and Pachinko? I could keep going because as strangerland will tell you there are an infinite number of possibilities

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We see this often lately in Japan. It is time Japan figure a way to start dealing with its growing elderly population that are sick and blue with a feeling of no way out.

It is very frustrating to say the least. I really hope we see some systems in place when one feels he or she can not go on and resorts to something like this. Someone can be dispatched from a local ward office to offer aid and counseling. I feel for both the husband and the wife. Tragic.

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I have little doubt what he says is true.

How sad and unnecessary. I’m definately an advocate for dying when you want to and with dignity.

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What a heartbreaking decision to have to make. How desperate he must have been.

A brave man, who must have gone through hell to end his wife's suffering.

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Due to an illness, Akie was left paralyzed on one side of her body, had a speech impediment, and was bedridden.

My grandmother was the same the last couple of years of her life. Always been a very independent woman, she was suffering so much not been able to move, to cook herself... She couldn't speak very well anymore but asked me few time to help her die. I couldn't help but totally understood how she was feeling.

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MJackson

By any chance when you were reading the article to YOU notice that an 85YEAR OLD was taking care of a 78YEAROLD with some EXTREMELY SERIOUS HEALTH ISSUES!!

Sorry for shouting but for crying out loud, pay attention!

As I have been saying for years on this site, Do you want to grow old in Japan?

THIS is potentially all of our futures if we plan to stay here till the END!

And like I have been saying we will see & hear a LOT more about cases like this.....just try to imagine all the sad stories that never make the news.....there must bee hundreds dying like this day in day out, how sad

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Do you want to grow old in Japan?

Yes! and I've already started. I believe all people should have the right to end their lives with assisted death then maybe these cases could be stopped and happening less. Also maybe important to have a living will stating "do not resuscitate", which both my elderly parents in Florida had, and passed away peacefully last year and within weeks of each other.

This is a very sad but understandable story. I believe the husband truly loved his wife and something very difficult for him to end the life of his wife. No mention of other family members which happens more and more these days. In our area there are a high number of old women living alone and don't have visitors much. I stop and chat with them just to bring a little light into their day. A few kind words means so much for them or that someone cares.

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This topic came up in one of my university classes last week. The class was made up of first year medical students at a national university and out of 30 students all but 2 of them were in favor of euthanasia.

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@ GW - does their age difference and her health issues make it okay for him to murder her? Are you saying that if somebody Sick Enough it's okay to kill them? Think about what you're saying before you post it

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He should have sought help or at least speak to someone about it.

You obviously have little or not experience in Japan if you even think to make this statement. Not a criticism of your opinion, just stating a fact.

True or not we only have his word for it.

Don't worry, and while there won't be any follow up article here supporting what I am writing, rest assured that the police will thoroughly investigate this tragedy, even if they have the guy's confession.

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You obviously have little or not experience in Japan if you even think to make this statement. Not a criticism of your opinion, just stating a fact.

You are quite right actually. There seems to be a very little support for these situations. But, had he actually told someone of his intent to euthanize his wife through official means then they may have taken him seriously and acted appropriately.

Now we have this poor fella facing criminal charges when in his eyes he had no other choice.

Very sad.

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Zichi, you say yes in you're post & then 2nd paragraph go on to describe the HORRIBLE situations many old folks exist in here in Japan, hope you & I can do better, but what are the odds once health issues start cropping up, extremely low as far as I can see

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@GW,

my wife and I have no choice but to try and grow old in Japan so we try to stay healthy and happy. Since Britain changed its spouse visa rules it would be very difficult for my wife to qualify. But I'm not sure being old in the UK would actually be any easier. I don't intend to become bedridden and told my wife on that.

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Murdering a person because "it seemed to me like they were better off dead" is not at all rational or acceptable.

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