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Man arrested for fatally abusing 10-year-old daughter

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Police in Noda, Chiba Prefecture, have arrested a 41-year-old man on suspicion of fatally abusing his 10-year-old daughter by shaking her by the neck and forcing her to take a cold shower.

According to police, Yuichiro Kurihara abused his daughter Mia between 10 a.m. and 11:20 p.m. Thursday at which point he called 119 and said his daughter was in the bathtub and not moving, Fuji TV reported.

Police said Mia was found in the bathtub, fully clothed. She was confirmed dead at the scene.

Kurihara, who was arrested on Friday, was quoted by police as saying he was angry at his daughter’s attitude toward life. He said he had put her in the bathtub and turned on the cold water from the shower. He also told police he pulled her by the hair, grabbed her by the neck and shook her.

Police said there were traces of several bruises on Mia’s body and suspect that she had been regularly abused by her father.

Kurihara lived in the apartment with his 31-year-old wife and another daughter, aged one. Police are questioning the wife about what happened to Mia and whether or not she has been complicit in her abuse.

The principal at Mia’s school said Kurihara called on Jan 7 to say she wouldn’t be coming to school in January because she was visiting relatives in Okinawa.

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Another Father killing his kin. While the Mother stands idly by doing nothing?

Why?

Throw the book at them both. Shameful. Some Japanese should not have children.

What type of attitude towards life is ten year old expected to have in an abusive home?

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I have an 11 year old girl (granddaughter) living in my house, and I never lay a hand on her. In fact, I rarely have to change the tone of my voice. The greatest honor I've ever received, is hearing how she likes to brag about me to her friends, and tells other family members "I know Daddy loves me."

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was quoted by police as saying he was angry at his daughter’s attitude toward life. 

What kind of a monster is this guy. Angry at a 10 year old's attitude towards life. I really hope he gets the death penalty.

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Yes he deserves the death penalty for sure, but matters of a domestic nature such as this in Japan don't usually carry heavy sentences - Ive never heard of anything over just a few years for these inter-family killings

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So terribly sad.

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he was angry at his daughter’s attitude toward life.

Um, she was 10. Do ten year olds have any kind of attitude towards life? Just another delusional thug that beat his own kid to death. It seems to happen every day in Japan with the same excuse.

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As long as he shows remorse, he will get 10 years max.

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It sounds like he's grabbed her on previous occasions, no wonder her attitude to life (assuming) was quite negative, and all he did was reinforce that belief ! so her perspective got worse, but to take her life is so wrong, does this clown not realise it was probably HIS fault that she had negative thoughts to life and all he did was make the worse, what a bozo!. what an unfit piece of human junk.

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Anger should never be directed towards a child. Even if its the child that makes you angry, there are better ways to help that child view things differently. They are young and you still have the ability to shape the mindset of a child. As a parent, you have many ways that you can reach your children aside from raising your fists.

As for someone blaming the mother. That is unfair. Standing up and doing something is a lot harder than most people think. That is why there are many victims in abusive relationships still. Furthermore, that is also the reason why many people do not fight injustices. Standing up is not an easy thing to do.

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Japan is only a few generations from a feudal society and its people’s behavior reflectt that.

This is seen in the berating and punishment dished out by seniors and coaches of clubs in school, bosses at the company, and unfortunately even parents toward their children, just for having a bad attitude.

Yuichiro’s wife has an obligation to report and should also be responsible. This most likely isn’t a one time incident.

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He was punishing (?) her for bed wetting. What on earth would have made her wet the bed???

The sad thing about this is once again there was a chance this death was preventable. She had been removed from the family home because of abuse, only to be returned to Hell.

How many times have I commented on such tragic cases over the past decade?

The bastard father killed her. the system let her down, society let her down.

Yet "Stranger Danger" resulting in homicide is percieved here to be the highest immoral dastardly act. It is indeed terrible.

But the murder of ones own defenseless child after repeated known abuse by the authorities - is just beyond comprehension, beyond any iota of decency.

Neighbours were aware of the going ons, but the authorities thought she looked happy.

Gutless system. Deplorable Death.

Truly Sad.

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pos. Rot in hell

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What a monster.

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@sensei258

Congratulations to you for having such a wonderful relationship with your girl. You (and her) must be doing something right. Unfortunately the father in this article was unable to do the same, with devastating consequences. How heartbreaking.

I have an 11 year old girl (granddaughter) living in my house, and I never lay a hand on her. In fact, I rarely have to change the tone of my voice. The greatest honor I've ever received, is hearing how she likes to brag about me to her friends, and tells other family members "I know Daddy loves me."

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Children, because they are children, will always need guidance and at times some form of discipline from us parents. But how this is done makes all the difference in the world.

We might get angry sometimes at our kids antics or attitudes, but dealing with them in anger usually backfires and only ends up alienating and scarring them. I ought to know, I had to learn this lesson with the first couple of my bunch.

Rather, guidance and discipline has to be given firmly, but mixed in with a huge dose of humility and sympathy for the child. At the end of it all our kid's need to know that we discipline them because we really love them and have thier best interests at heart.

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An entire page covered with pitchforks and torches. Interesting to see that effect in print so much like some scene in a movie where the villagers become as crazed as whatever monster they are pursuing. This man is mentally ill, that should be obvious. To condemn his behavior as though he had control over it exhibits the shallowest of thinking. Better to look into HIS development and condemn what we find there. As for the mother, do we have battered wife syndrome? She may have been paralyzed from interfering having suffered greatly before for such behavior. What we have here are very profound issues which are occurring daily all across our species and hardly exclusive to this sad individual. This is essentially infanticide which, as it turns out, is a problem for all higher apes, not just Homosap. Yes, the behavior is odious and cannot be tolerated in any way, BUT, it is not just HIS problem but inherent in collective Humanity. Perhaps viewing it that way would lead to a better result than assuming it's just one crazed exception.

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he was angry at his daughter’s attitude toward life

What the hell does that mean? Despicable POS. A young girl like her should have been enjoying her pre-adolescence with her doting parents not having cold water poured on her. That wasn't bad enough so he left her there to die.

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Another Father killing his kin. While the Mother stands idly by doing nothing?

How do you know this from the article? You seem to be jumping to conclusions.

Why?

Throw the book at them both. Shameful. Some Japanese should not have children.

Some people shouldn't have children. This issue is not limited to Japanese people.

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Concerned: How you got downvoted is something I will never understand. Spot on.

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take away the 1 year old before too late.

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This father such an evil. Hope they will give him a cold shower or a bathtub for one hour, I wish they wil arrest also the mother for doing nothing.

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@ William - "To condemn his behavior as if he had control over it exhibits the shallowest of thinking". Tell that ty the little girl he murdered. Or maybe he told her while he was torturing and killing her... "Sorry honey, I have to do this. I have no control over myself. Society is to blame."

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