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Woman arrested over fatal stabbing of U.S. military airman

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Police in Tokyo said Saturday they have arrested a 27-year-old woman on suspicion of killing an American airman in his 30s who was stationed at the U.S. military’s Yokota Air Base.

According to police, the suspect, Aria Saito, who lives in Koto Ward, has admitted to stabbing the man, with whom she was in a relationship, at his house in Tachikawa at around 8 p.m. Friday, Fuji TV reported. The victim was later identified as Master Sgt Nicholas Vollweiler.

Police quoted Saito as saying that they had been quarreling because Vollweiler wanted to break up with her. She said she stabbed him and that she wanted to die, too.

Some friends of the victim, who were present, subdued Saito and called 110. Police rushed to the house and found the victim unconscious, bleeding from a stab wound to the right side of his neck. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A neighbor told police that prior to the incident, he heard a man and woman in the house loudly arguing.

The U.S. military issued a statement Saturday in which it said “a military member from the 374th Airlift Wing sustained serious injury and was pronounced dead at his off base residence [Friday] at approximately 8:42 p.m.”


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Wow! That’s a switch! One has to wonder though, was he such a butthole that he drove her to this? Or, is she just a whacko with homicidal tendencies? Or, perhaps, it was a combination of both.

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Do you have any idea what your saying?? Being a "butthole"is no excuse to stab someone in the neck and kill them. That doesn't fly in the courtroom.

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If it was self defence, she would be justified. Otherwise it doesn’t matter how much of a butthole he was, she’d still be in the wrong.

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Wow. Talk about "man bites dog". Please try to refrain from victim blaming. Unless this man was trying to hurt her, there is no excuse for her actions.

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She murdered a US serviceman and should be tried in a US military court. She's gonna get the book thrown at her either way, good riddance to her

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Why would she be tried in a US military court? This crime was committed off base. Doing that would be a breach of Japan's sovereignty by demanding her to be handed over to the Americans.

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She murdered a US serviceman and should be tried in a US military court.

What? Is there some kind of logic behind this statement? I’m not seeing it.

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a Japanese woman murdered someone off base doesn't matter who it was that died, the Japanese police would have jurisdiction

if it was the other way around and he had killed her the Japanese would still have the option to hand him over to American authorities or try him themselves

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Oh, I see. So the logic of this group is that, any woman would stab a man for no reason? Did you miss the part of the article stating their had been loud arguing before the stabbing? It takes two to make an argument.

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Do the hustle,

It takes two to make an argument.

Often it takes three - there is a third one hiding off stage.

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Oh, I see. So the logic of this group is that, any woman would stab a man for no reason? Did you miss the part of the article stating their had been loud arguing before the stabbing? It takes two to make an argument.

No. The logic of you is that any man would harm a woman for no reason and never the benefit of the doubt. This is not a place for misandrists.

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You don’t just stab somebody in the neck for no reason. We should not make judgements without information. Just think about the families who will mourn or be shamed, and hope that the truth comes out.

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Anyone who thinks they know which party is guilty is deluding themselves.

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You don’t just stab somebody in the neck for no reason. 

That doesn’t mean the reason is a good one.

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Women killing a man is nothing new. Especially when it concern love quarrels. The more surprising thing is she manage to stab a US MILITARY man. Shouldn't he had training against situation like these? My condolence.

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Goodlucktoyou: "You don’t just stab somebody in the neck for no reason."

You're right, often the reason here for stabbing people is, "I wanted to see what it was like." Maybe chew on that one a bit before making such comments.

That said, since there was an argument beforehand, by the sounds of it, perhaps in this case there was a reason. Regardless, it is not a reason to kill, no matter what it is. She needs to be tried for murder.

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folks you need to understand Japanese law.

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Apparently he's married with a wife back home. Well,there's your problem right there.

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Vince Black:

To address jurisdiction, a better analogy would be if an American woman killed a Japanese serviceman living off base in San Antonio (Texas). She would be tried in an American civilian court as she is civilian, not military. 

Also, fun fact: Japan and many western countries no longer have military courts. Not to say it's a bad thing - different strokes for different folks. It does irk me though that star trek (a la Starfleet) says they have no military but have courts martial - that literally means military court.

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Do US miltary usually have off-base residences?

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Do the hustle Today  04:16 pm JST

One has to wonder though, was he such a butthole that he drove her to this?

If you can't see the anti-male sexism present in your comment (which apparently you can't, given your lame defense of it in a subsequent post), then I'm not sure you'll ever get it, no matter how much it's rationally explained it to you.

You wouldn't be asking if she drove him to this if it were the other way around. You know you wouldn't.

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miss_oikawa  09:42 pm JST

Do US miltary usually have off-base residences?

They often do, yes. Especially in the Air Force, the branch that the victim was serving in.

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Do The Hustle,

In case you didn't know women can be as evil & nasty as a man, please stop the white knighting already, it doesn't matter one iota what they were arguing about, zero justification for a knife in the neck!

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Just my 2 cents.. (actually a wooden nickel).. I'm guessing the arguement apparently ended with a stalemate in the man's eyes, but was not over for the woman. When he least expected it, she probably attacked the serviceman while he was fiddling with his phone or otherwise preoccupied. It's basically the "I''ll just neuter him in his sleep" strategy with a twist (of the knife).

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a Japanese woman murdered someone off base doesn't matter who it was that died, the Japanese police would have jurisdiction

if it was the other way around and he had killed her the Japanese would still have the option to hand him over to American authorities or try him themselves

In this case no doubt, however in ANY case, not matter if it is SOFA on Japanese crime, or even in some cases, SOFA on SOFA crime AND it happens off base, the Japanese have the right of first refusal.

There have been a number of cases where SOFA on SOFA crime occurred of base here in Okinawa and the Japanese police turned both sides over to the MP''s. The problems with investigating and prosecuting such a case can be quite daunting and while the MP's handle through the military court, the Japanese assist in investigating such crimes.

Now a days, for major crimes, it is now unheard of for the Japanese to hand over a suspect to the military when the crime is against a Japanese national or other foreigner living in Japan.

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This is the guy. Airman Nicholas Vollweiler

https://wnep.com/2018/11/09/monroe-county-airman-murdered-in-japan/

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Anyone who thinks they know which party is guilty is deluding themselves

He wanted to break up, she didn’t accept it and killed him! She went to his apartment and did so. How much simpler can it get? She said it herself in her initial statement when arrested.

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@Vince BlackNov. 10  04:59 pm JST

"She murdered a US serviceman and should be tried in a US military court. She's gonna get the book thrown at her either way, good riddance to her."

Deeer this is Japan..... No America, plus military court, its 2018 mate and she is a civi.

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Hell hath no fury....

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RIP, young man. Stabbed in the neck. Seems like she intended to kill him. No protests coming for this one I bet. Now, if it were the other way around...

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It’s a pride thing. She didn’t want to lose face for getting dumped. I wonder how lenient her sentence will be.

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Police quoted her as saying that they had been quarreling because he wanted to break up with her.

Obviously he should have done that a lot earlier.

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The more surprising thing is she manage to stab a US MILITARY man. Shouldn't he had training against situation like these?

There is no military training teaching a man how to deal with a psycho girlfriend/wife. That's usually learned through hard experience, if at all.

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You can see her photo at JapanTimes. She is making the "it wasn't me" pout.

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I want to see how this one plays out.

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My friend was stabbed and killed Friday night the person you are all talking about. Every couple argues and fights. Stop blaming the victim. No one should play God. He comes from a great family. They just lost there son. I know for sure he was a great person. He also fought for your freedom being a soldier

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You're right, often the reason here for stabbing people is, "I wanted to see what it was like." Maybe chew on that one a bit before making such comments. 

Uhhh....I seriously doubt that was anything close to the real reason.

That said, since there was an argument beforehand, by the sounds of it, perhaps in this case there was a reason.

There’s ALWAYS a reason for a murder like this, always.

Regardless, it is not a reason to kill, no matter what it is. She needs to be tried for murder.

She should be tried for murder, but saying there is no reason, not buying that, it would depend on the situation or if she felt her life was in eminent danger, we just don’t know the details, but she should have her day in court.

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There was a news network in japan that released more information on the incident. People are messed up. They are both wrong. It’s not right to be messing around with someone in japan while being married. There’s a lot to this story. Killing is wrong, but this is a story that needs to be told. This is a common thing among military stationed in japan. Cheating is also wrong.

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Zachary, cheating may be morally reprehensible but it does not justify murder. Also define common, tons of married Japanese men use "health services" which is just paid adultery and they manage not to be murdered.

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I looked to see if he was married - not that it matters, but found no article stating so, or mentioning a grieving widow.  Also, he was over 40, and she was just 27 - again, not that it really matters.   I suspect that they had some good times too.  It is a shame that it ended this way - a life lost, and a life ruined.

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Omachi, “I looked to see if he was married - not that it matters, but found no article stating so, or mentioning a grieving widow.”

This Mainichi article says he has a wife living in Hawaii.

https://mainichi.jp/articles/20181112/k00/00e/040/181000c

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The article also says he was 35.

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And from Educator60's link above: "He started talking about breaking up. I decided to kill him first and then myself."

「彼が別れ話をしてきた。彼を殺して自分も死のうと思った」

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Victim blaming seems to be a trend on this site.

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Thanks for the wife and age corrections - but if he was close to his 20, at 35 he started his military career a bit early.  And instead of a life lost and one ruined - maybe a second one severely damaged - his wife.

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No justification for the murder, however...

He was married and she didn't know for over 6 months. She got her dream job in England and she actually moved to England, and after 1 month, he requested her to return to Japan, she quit her dream job in England and came back to Japan, they were "engaged" and she told her family they were getting married in two years and moving to Hawaii together.

She found out he was married, he said he was to divorce, and even signed a divorce paper IN FRONT OF HER.. shortly after that, he told her he wanted to leave her.

Again, no justification of the murder, but still feel sympathy for this woman.

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@fishy If that's all true, that puts a completely different spin on it. My sympathy would go to the woman and to his wife, but not much to him. If that's true.

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Commanteer - It is true, this woman has always wanted to work abroad, studied English for many years and finally got her job in England. She gave that up and returned to Japan to be with him and he wanted her back, and he signed the divorce paper which made her believe they were getting married.

Like I said, nothing can justify murder, but he had chances to tell her he was married, he also knew she was giving up her dream job to return to Japan, he signed divorce paper... why did he not just tell her before she gave up so much?

It makes me sad.

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I hope the truth comes out. I doubt it will. And either way, her life is ruined. Murder is wrong, but it can be understandable - especially knowing the despair that this would have brought on her. He ruined her life all for his own selfish desires? And all these people saying what a great guy he was? Goes to show, there's always a lot more to any story than people think.

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Commanteer - Right, because of the mistake she made, her stories probably would not be heard, it is sad.

I am sure he was a wonderful guy to so many people, but the fact is that he has ruined this one woman's life. Again, it does not justify murder and she should have just walked away, but to call her crazy and whacko isn't right, either.

It is just truly sad.

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I am curious as to your source. Was this printed somewhere, or are you personally familiar with the situation?

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Commanteer - personal words from her family.

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Thank you.

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Temporary insanity... does that work in Japan?

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Commanteer - personal words from her family.

I see they are probably going with that line of defense to lay some of the guilt on the MSGT.  Not what I would call ideal, but if you were being charged for murder I would want my lawyer to use every legal trick available to get me out of it.  I guess it will come down to that "responsibility" that they tell us about here in Japan if you have a traffic accident.  Even if you are the one who was hit, for us gaijin that are military affiliated they tell us that somehow you will still have some sort of fault for being hit.  Could you have taken the bus or train, did you really need to drive? Is what I remember being told when I was going through orientation.  I imagine that something similar will be used in this lady's defense.  Not that what he did (if he did anything) is justification for murder, but that is how I see the justice system working in Japan sometimes.

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GWNov. 10 09:55 pm JSTDo The Hustle,

In case you didn't know women can be as evil & nasty as a man, please stop the white knighting already, it doesn't matter one iota what they were arguing about, zero justification for a knife in the neck!

At this point it doesn't really matter who's wrong or who's right. A murder is a murder. In some US states they would call it 'stand your ground' but it's still a MURDER.  And if she gets the death sentence for this, it could be years before she meets her Maker, just like the Aum cult leaders.

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