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Convenience store worker fatally stabbed; suspect then kills himself

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A 45-year-old woman working part-time at a Lawson convenience store in Utsunomiya City, Tochigi Prefecture, was fatally stabbed at the counter by her boyfriend who was trying to take money from the cash register on Wednesday.

The suspect, Hiroyuki Kawada, 41, also stabbed himself and died later in hospital, Fuji TV reported. Police said he and the victim, Mari Honna, had been in a relationship for about a year but that Honna had told him she wanted to break up with him.

On Aug 9, Honna called police and said she was scared because Kawada told her he was coming to her home, but he never showed up. On Tuesday, Honna went to a police station near her home and said Kawada was calling and texting her.

Police sent a patrol car to her home to keep a periodic watch.

However, at around 4:35 p.m. Wednesday, Honna was assisting a customer in the store when Kawada came in. He attempted to get behind the counter and reach into the cash register. When Honna tried to stop him, he pulled out a knife and stabbed her in the chest.

Another employee prevented Kawada from taking any money and he then backed off and stabbed himself several times in the abdomen. Honna and Kawada were taken to hospital where they were both declared dead on arrival.

The convenience store is in a residential neighborhood about two kilometers from JR Utsunomiya Station.

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People like this need to start with themselves, not others. RIP to the poor woman.

23 ( +28 / -5 )

So many stabbings in Japan these days.

22 ( +28 / -6 )

"She told police she was afraid he might come to her home. Police sent a patrol car to her home keep a periodic watch."

Maybe they should have watched her Job too.

2 ( +12 / -10 )

So many stabbings in Japan these days.

There isn't so many at all. Every one is a tragedy but for a country of 130 million people the numbers are tiny.

-3 ( +20 / -23 )

Maybe they should have watched her Job too.

Maybe police should be every where at once. Would someone please create the technology for that?

-4 ( +19 / -23 )

Strange case. Why would he try to steal money from the store while she was on duty? If he wanted to kill her, why not wait until she finished work and left the store?

I know some people will blame the police, but it's impractical to suggest that a patrol car could be outside the store or her home all day every day.

Stalking is the most extreme form of addiction there is. The stalker cannot be dissuaded by restraining orders or police warnings. They are cunning and will usually achieve their ends, unfortunately.

But the attempted robbery part is the first time I have heard of such a case with a stalker.

-6 ( +11 / -17 )

"Maybe police should be every where at once. Would someone please create the technology for that?"

actually they do have in Japan, SECOM has a wearable or carry GPS subscription service notifier , but its expensive, and a Secom officer will come within minutes to your GPS location.

-4 ( +10 / -14 )

a Secom officer will come within minutes to your GPS location.

When every second counts, a Secom officer is just minutes away. I think your heart is in the right place, but....

-2 ( +16 / -18 )

I would this that the police should have spoken to her boyfriend and assess the situation to see if she could be in danger, obviously she was, she did seek help but was let down.

3 ( +16 / -13 )

think

-4 ( +8 / -12 )

So tragic that this woman didn't get any real help and lost her life but J-cops always seem to do the bare minimum. One good thing is the POS coward took his own life. RIP to the woman.

25 ( +29 / -4 )

@ Vanessa:

There isn't so many at all. Every one is a tragedy but for a country of 130 million people the numbers are tiny.

First, please get your facts straight: Japan has a population of around 126.5 million.

If you want to compare one country to another, you shouldn't do it in numbers, but in rates. So the burden of proof is on you, since you stated something so ridiculous.

Please show us that the numbers are tiny so we won't get caught in the fallacy of daily news articles versus actual rates...

6 ( +15 / -9 )

Extremely sad what happened to the woman. Japan needs to have harsher penalties for violent crime, sexual crime and staking.

Any sexual crime whether it is groping, rape etc should have a minimum of fifty years in prison or a firing squad. Robbery should have a minimum of thirty years no parole. Stalking should have a minimum of sixty years with no parole allowed and/or a firing squad.

I understand Japan is safer than most countries but having harsh penalties would make it safer especially for decent/hardworking individuals like that woman who did not have to lose her life to that low-life. Good ridence to that low life may he burn in hell for eternity.

It is a shock that something like this could occur in Japan because I understand Japan along with other countries in the Far East like Taiwan and Mainland China are among the safest areas in the World and are not third world corrupt countries such as Countries in the Middle East and/or Haiti.

Good ridence to that low life may he burn in hell for eternity.

6 ( +12 / -6 )

I would like to think the police are our protectors. That is for what we count in them for. It is ashame the police could not protect the woman from this low life as it is their job to be our protectors.

That being said, as to, for self defense, a weapon that could neutralize a low life aside from mace is a fire extinguisher. As shown in the movie Godzilla’s Revenge from 1969 with Ichiro, a fire extinguisher can be used as a weapon to neutralize the attacker. As illustrated in Godzilla’s Revenge from 1969 with Ichiro, Spray the fire extinguisher in the enemies’ eyes and then run away with the fire extinguisher and go to the police. Additionally, On the way to the police shout FIRE extremely loud. Hopefully as shown on Godzilla’s Revenge from 1969 with Ichiro, this strategy can save lives.

-14 ( +3 / -17 )

@Vanessa Carlisle

Maybe police should be every where at once. Would someone please create the technology for that?

That’s why you have what they call a police “force”.

So they can be many places at once

11 ( +16 / -5 )

I'm surprised the coppers even bothered to keep an eye on her place.

And btw, they can't put every one suspected of stalking or other mental illnesses under surveillance, they just don't have the resources for that.

I agree that they should've at least had a chat with him to judge his mental state.

-4 ( +6 / -10 )

Strange story.

-10 ( +1 / -11 )

Rest in Peace to the poor woman. I bet she had endure a lot of misery.

Another worthless coward kills a woman. Burn for eternity, scum.

Another employee prevented Kawada from taking any money and he then backed off

After witnessing his colleague get stabbed in the chest by a madman wielding a knife, this employees priority was to protect the money in the register? Seriously?

16 ( +16 / -0 )

I agree that they should've at least had a chat with him to judge his mental state.

Maybe they did. Its not like the article says "they didn't".

-13 ( +1 / -14 )

baroque1888, Ive gotta give you points for that one.

-9 ( +1 / -10 )

Prayers for both her and her family.

-6 ( +4 / -10 )

I know from bitter experience that Japanese police don't care about women's safety, particularly from intimate partner violence. I'm so sorry this poor woman lost her life. He needed to be jailed for stalking.

15 ( +15 / -0 )

That was one seriously troubled individual. Japanese men don’t handle rejection very well. I’ve known many Japanese women who live in fear of their ex. There must also be many women trapped in a relationship for fear of violence if they leave the loser.

14 ( +15 / -1 )

Its ALL races of men who hit and abuse and kill women. The problem is there isn't he help to escape violence as readily available in Japan.

-11 ( +2 / -13 )

Painting dv as more of an issue with Japanese men is awful. My husband didn't beat me up because he was Japanese. He beat me up and stalked me because he was a bad person. Kind of fits with the foreign men in Japan fetishizing Japanese women while being hostile to Japanese men.

-12 ( +1 / -13 )

Condolences to the family. Sad, as to why people do these things is such a head scratcher.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Its not people, is it Bass. It's overwhelmingly men doing this to women .

1 ( +1 / -0 )

The police should be trained in how to deal with stalking cases they seem to have no idea, that's not their fault it's to do with education and training

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

The police should not need training to know the bleeding bruised young mother is the victim, and the man she is married to, is identifying as the perp, needs to be taken to jail.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

The police should not need training to know the bleeding bruised young mother is the victim, and the man she is married to, is identifying as the perp, needs to be taken to jail.

Ahh, gotta love the internet these days, where everyone thinks everything is so simple, and that the people actually doing the job just don't get it. If only those people read the internet...

0 ( +1 / -1 )

My personal experience of the Japanese system is hard won and was life alteringly horrific, Strangerland. It's simple, the Japanese police do not act and when it's too late it's shoganai and a shrug

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