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Man gets suspended sentence for confining 42-year-old mentally ill son in cage

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It would seem that the father is also mentally ill.

On the the other hand, it is good to see the judge taking into account the lack of help for people in his position.

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He needs to be put in a cage of his own I think

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Might as well give him a suspended sentence nobody would put in an old man in jail anyways

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Now this animal will be put in a cage, but only for 18 months? Are you kidding? He straight up violated his son's human rights!

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Now this animal will be put in a cage, but only for 18 months?

Rage before reading? Try reading the whole article. You straight up missed the full sentence (pun intended).

This is too sad but when you're in your seventies and your mentally ill former little boy is now stronger and physicaly attacking you and your wife what other choices do you have in a society where mental illness is still stigmatized by a wider segment of the population? Is the father innocent? Hell no, but this is more of an inditcment of the city social services.

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Sad case all around. I'm definitely against confining people in cages, but what other choice did this father have if his son is violent and bigger than he is? The man sought the help of services and was ignored pretty much. This is ultimately the fault of a society that stigmatizes the mentally ill so much.

If the father was abusive to his son other than caging him, I can understand a harsher sentence and it would be deserved. I am not sure of the state of Japanese mental institutions now, and especially how they were 26 years ago. But if the man tried to get some sort of help and nothing was done, he felt he had no other option for the sake of his safety, his wife's safety, and also the safety of their son and others.

Just a tragedy all around.

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Disgraceful. How pathetic.

Fir those of you arguing they had no choice because he was too violent , well they bathed him in their house twice a week. They weren’t afraid of him them? If you put a man in a cage let him out and give him a bath and he doesn’t beat you up then , I’d say he isn’t as violent as they say. If he is he should be in an institution.

If they say he was so violent but there was no room in a mental hospital, then instead of the Olympics they need to build more mental hospitals.

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what other choices do you have in a society where mental illness is still stigmatized by a wider segment of the population?

Putting him in a CAGE is NOT a choice!!!

gaijinpapa - right on!

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If the father was kept in jail then it would be hard to find someone to take care of his son. Depending on the health of the father, it maybe too much trouble for the police to care for the father in jail. Unfortunately, that is also the logic used for family suicides in Japan. It will inconvenience too many other people, do it is all or nothing.

I am curious about what will happen next with the son?

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Only in Japan!

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Only in Japan!

And some other developing countries...

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He needs a longer jail sentence and should never see his son again!

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2square meters, one meter high for years. Snow, 35degrees.

I hate these stories.

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A lot of people pass judgement and that’s fine, but caring for a mentally ill person while trying to live your life can be very very difficult. Caring for a 40 year old being 70 or 80 yourself could be nearly impossible.

While he did do wrong and very mean hurtful things to his son, I don’t place him in the category of evil as other abusers and violent people.

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"We had to let him go - who else was going to take care of his son?"

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Oh all these bleeding hearts sticking up for this killer. How many more like this animal are keeping their children locked up? Punish him quickly and severely as an example. Age is irrelevant .

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AgentX: "And some other developing countries..."

That's true. I tend to put Japan in a higher category, but I guess I should know better. It's quite underdeveloped when it comes to laws and sentencing here.

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A lot of people pass judgement and that’s fine, but caring for a mentally ill person while trying to live your life can be very very difficult. Caring for a 40 year old being 70 or 80 yourself could be nearly impossible.

The son was kept in this cage since 1992 - since he was 16 and the father 47. This is nothing to do with the father being elderly.

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I suppose this has somthing to do with the family being ashamed, the neighbors not giving adamn because it's private and it's medokusai, and the local government protecting their asses by turning a bling eye and not taking any resposibility

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