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Grape grower gets 18 years for killing wife in Hokkaido

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The Sapporo District Court has sentenced a 39-year-old man to 18 years in prison for killing his 36-year-old wife and dumping her body in a mountainous area near the city of Mikasa in Hokkaido last November.

According to the ruling, Yuki Arai, a grape grower, killed his wife Chie on or around Nov 2, Fuji TV reported.

On Nov 5, Arai filed a missing persons report at Iwamizawa police station, claiming that his wife had gone out and not returned home. However, after being questioned further, Arai admitted to police on Dec 19 that he had killed his wife with a hammer and dumped her body in the mountains. Acting on Arai’s statement, police found his wife’s partially skeletonized body on a snow-covered slope several meters from a pathway.

Arai and his wife not only cultivated grapes for wine production, but also made their own wine. In April, 2018, the couple began to live separately, and Chie was staying at an acquaintance's home in Iwamizawa City with her eldest son.

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Morale: If you are stranged from someone, cut all ties and do not meet alone without and escort in neutral grounds.

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Morale: If you are stranged from someone, cut all ties and do not meet alone without and escort in neutral grounds.

I would say that applies to someone who has demonstrated a tendency toward violence, not necessarily just someone who is your ex. Two people who are having relationship troubles should be able to meet without an escort if their problems do not involve violence.

Not sure if this guy had such a history, but chances are, it was not the first time for him to lose control of himself. The punishment seems just to me.

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While 18 years seems WAAAAAY too short of a sentence to me for someone who seems to have planned a murder, done it, then hid the body (life would be a typical sentence in my court), maybe the judge knew something we don't. I don't know who started being a jerk first, I only know who was a jerk last.

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HercolobusToday  10:33 am JST

“Morale: If you are stranged from someone, cut all ties and do not meet alone without and escort in neutral grounds.”

If I recall correctly, although they had separated, they were still working their farm together. I’m thinking they also had a young child they were raising together but it’s too hot today to do the research to confirm.

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Only 18 years? Human life is cheap in Japan.

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Chie was staying at an acquaintance's home

That's another way of saying she dumped her husband for another dude. Jealousy is probably why he killed her.

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That's sad. He is a very ungrateful husband.

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