Man arrested for causing friend of 30 years to drown


Police in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, have arrested a 53-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of causing his friend of 30 years to drown in Lake Hamana.

According to police, Michio Hashimoto is accused of causing Takeshi Yoneyama, 52, to drown, by driving his car into the lake at around 8:30 p.m. on Oct 21, Kyodo News reported. Yoneyama was partially disabled and couldn't walk without a cane. He was in the front passenger seat when the car went into the water.

A passerby saw the car go into the water and called 110. Police said Yoneyama was found near the water’s edge and declared dead at the scene.

Hashimoto was located the next morning on the shore about four kilometers away. He had an injury to his leg.

Police said Hashimoto at first told them he mistakenly drove into the lake after losing control of the wheel, but later admitted doing it deliberately.

Police have learned that Hashimoto owed Yoneyama a lot of money.

The two men had known each other since their university days.

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Woof. That's harsh. It's often better to be a debt than to be a creditor - the latter have longer memories.

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This is the definition of 'friend' here?

Says it all.

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Be they "family" or "friends" one needs to be very careful with money. Even moreso than strangers.

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Keep your friends close and your creditors closer.

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Never a lender nor borrower be for loan oft loses both itself and friend.

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piskianDec. 6  05:40 pm JST

This is the definition of 'friend' here?

Says it all.

Some 'friend' he turned out to be! I guess money is more important, amiright?

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The headline is all wrong - makes it sound like a careless accident when it appears to have been an intentional murder.

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