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Couple arrested over murder of 54-year-old woman in Kawasaki

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Police in Kawasaki said Saturday they have arrested a 23-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman on suspicion of killing a 54-year-old woman.

According to police, the suspects, Takeyuki Tanaka and Sachiko Yamada – who are both unemployed -- have admitted to killing Sachiyo Tsujimura at Tanaka’s apartment in Asao Ward on Friday morning, Fuji TV reported. Police said the pair admitted to beating Tsujimura about the head.

At around 6:55 a.m., a neighbor heard loud voices arguing and called 110. Police came to the apartment but the door was locked. They returned about six hours later and this time the door was unlocked. They entered the apartment and found Tsujimura’s body.

Tanaka and Yamada were picked up by police at a train station on Friday night and charged with murder on Saturday morning.

Police said the three were business acquaintances and believe there had been a financial dispute among them.

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The police left because the door was locked and then waited 6 hours before coming back even though there was a murder going on inside? That's very lame.

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Came BACK 6 HOURS LATER!!! Doesn't probable cause mean anything in Japan? This poor women could have been still breathing when the police first arrived.

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In defense of the police, they didn't know that a murder had been committed. All they knew was that a neighbor had reported loud voices, which sounded like an argument, coming from the apartment. I don't believe that is sufficient grounds for breaking down the door which was locked. Maybe they thought the resident had gone out and decided to come back later, which they did, to check on what had happened.

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@Spartacus, you're absolutely right. At least the police came back, there is that in their favour.

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If the police would have forced the door open when they first visited the apartment perhaps Sachiyo Tsujimura would still be alive. I don't know what the procedures are in Japan but the police never should have left without entering that apartment and checking for signs of life.

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Tough call but considering this happened very close to where I live (next to my neighborhood, in fact), I have to question what the police did.

Also, as I live in the ward my taxes pay for these cops.

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The police left because the door was locked and then waited 6 hours before coming back

That was a bit much.

even though there was a murder going on inside? That's very lame.

What's lame is expecting the police to have known what was going on inside the apartment.

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If the police would have forced the door open when they first visited the apartment perhaps Sachiyo Tsujimura would still be alive. I don't know what the procedures are in Japan but the police never should have left without entering that apartment and checking for signs of life.

How exactly were the police to know that a murder occurred in the apartment?

It seems like people believe the J-cops are clairvoyant or have x-ray vision.

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