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Man arrested over murder, attempted murder after noise dispute at apartment in Aomori

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Police in Aomori City have arrested a 51-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of murder and attempted murder after he stabbed a neighbor and his friend at an apartment on Sunday.

According to police, Koji Funemizu allegedly stabbed the two men with a fruit knife at his neighbor's apartment apparently over a noise dispute, Kyodo News reported.

Police said Funemizu first slashed the neck of his 69-year-old neighbor at around 3:45 p.m. on Monday. He then stabbed his neighbor’s 68-year-old friend, Mitsuharu Kato, who had been visiting him. At 3:55 p.m., Funemizu called police and told them what he had done.

Both victims were taken to hospital where Kato died of a stab wound to the neck. Police said Funemizu’s neighbor’s wounds are not life-threatening.

Local media reported Tuesday that Funemizu had contacted police on May 2 to complain about his neighbor always making noise in his apartment. On the day of the attack, the neighbor and Kato were drinking alcohol from around 1 p.m.

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Yes, too many people make noise at all hours of the day in apartments that seem to have little noise insulation. It can really wear away at your quality of life. But the noise-makers seem oblivious to the harm they are causing.

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On the day of the attack, the neighbor and Kato were drinking alcohol from around 1 p.m.

Way too many crimes are fueled by alcohol. Japan should add a default 3 years to a person who comitted a crime where alcohol was involved.

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Not sure why it’s so difficult for people to just lodge complaints with the landlords and companies instead of murder as their go to.

Talk to them in person like a normal person, call your service provider, call the cops. Knife… no

Yet even more ironic is the image of loud foreigner neighbors, but every woman in japan flat foot stomps through their apartment if it’s above the 1st floor (if you know you know )

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Police did not do their job...

It is a pity some do not realize indeed how noise can screw one's quality of life and make some people mad.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Way too many crimes are fueled by alcohol. 

In this case, the victims were drinking, not the criminal. Should the victims be incarcerated as well?

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What a psycho, killing elderly men. I hope he would not see the daylight again. Unfortunately there are too many of nature’s mistakes, creatures in the shape of a human person living among us.

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To be noisy at 3PM is ok I guess (depend on how noisy of course and your tolerance level, which is extremely low here)... 3AM would have been a different story.

My main beef with noise in Japan is 1. inexistent insulation 2. ambulances/fire engines/police cars... Do the entire neighborhood need to know there's an emergency at 2AM?? Sirens should alert the crossing surroundings not half the town

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I have noisy boats. Police do nothing. Tv on 100% volume but can’t hear. I just jump in the car and stay in a hotel. Nobody is dead.

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What caused this to spiral out of control and lead to tragedy. Were they in a love triangle, was money owed, was it just due to the noise problem? So much we don’t know, will we ever, let’s wait and see.

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1 PM, noise is fine, this murderer maybe he holds a grudge against them.

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@borscht Are you suggesting the victims should be arrested for drinking alcohol in the privacy of their own home? You fail to understand the cause and effects of the situation. It was not the alcohol that he was p-off about that prompted him to go butcher, it was the noise making!!!

Way too many crimes are fueled by alcohol. 

In this case, the victims were drinking, not the criminal. Should the victims be incarcerated as well

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Guy may have been jealous that his neighbor had friends and he didn't. Lots of bitter, mumbling, spitting oyaji around.

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