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Father arrested after 4 children perish in Oita house fire

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Police in Kitsuki, Oita prefecture, on Monday arrested a 40-year-old man on suspicion of setting fire to his house, killing four of his eight children.

According to police, Kenichiro Suemune, who is a member of the Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF), has been initially charged with arson, Fuji TV reported.

Flames were seen coming from the two-story wooden house at around 12:10 a.m. It took firefighters about 100 minutes to extinguish the blaze which destroyed the 125-square-meter house. Police said Suemune, his 42-year-old wife and one daughter got out with minor burns and suffering smoke inhalation. Their oldest son was staying with relatives at the time, while the other two children were uninjured.

However, the bodies of the couple's four other children were found, police said. They have been identified as their oldest daughter Yukari, 14, their second oldest daughter Mayumi, 7, their fourth oldest son Masahiro, 9, and their fifth oldest son Shigeru, 5.

Police said Suemune has admitted to the charge. he is stationed in Hiroshima Prefecture but returned home on Saturday night.

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I'd like to say that he deserves to be doused with fuel and set ablaze as well. But he will burn for this someday - one way or another.

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According to police, Kenichiro Suemune, who is a member of the Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF), has been initially charged with arson, Fuji TV reported.

Dude needs a serious psych check-up, with all the news recently about JSDF members, suicides, bullying, etc etc there may be more than meets the eye here.

And with 8 children, oldest being 14, there has to be pressure there too.

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Rest in Peace to the poor, innocent kids, who had endless potential in their lives ahead of them. I feel so sorry for the poor mother, her life is effectively destroyed.

As for the child-killer - there is no greater call for the death penalty than for this act of evil.

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As for the child-killer - there is no greater call for the death penalty than for this act of evil.

Why is it that people are more than willing to forgive a woman killing her children due to pressure and stress but are more than willing to murder the murderer?

Give him his day in court.

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Peel off his skin.. Buried him alive.. RIP poor kids..

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The nature of the crimes I read about in Japan vs my home country is just insane. What the hell is wrong with the mentality of the Japanese people? Something is not as it should be

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Seems like commenters want to harm the man even more than he did to his kids...if...if he actually did it. Maybe he was protecting the wife on his first statement.

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In the local media there is some thought that the father might be accepting blame to cover for the oldest son. Seems like there may be more to this story.

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What a nut sounds like this guy had a calculated plan, and that was to collect insurance money on each child!! May their souls rest in peace!

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Please update this story JT when his motive is reported. He made a gang of children in order to burn them?

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Why would you want to kill your own children???

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He has admitted to the charges. That is really really sad.

I can't imagine why. There is no reason in this existence that can ever justify what he did.

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There's more to this story.

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A very painful incident! At the moment, I have really no idea why the father set fire to his house. Whatever the case may be, it's a very mysterious incident. Hope for a clarification of his motive for this arcane crime.

May the kids rest in peace.

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Well according to the neighbors they were arguing loudly right before the sound of an explosion and the fire broke out so it doubtless had something to do with that.

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@ misunderstood "What a nut sounds like this guy had a calculated plan, and that was to collect insurance money on each child!! May their souls rest in peace!"

How do you know whether he had insurance policies on his children? How do you know that was his motive? What is your source for making this statement? Seriously would like to know as I've seen nothing about this in the news.

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We shouldn't be so fast to condemn him. He's quoted in Japanese media as saying "There's no mistake that I lit it" which could in fact be a really upset person referring to ACCIDENTALLY having set a fire or doing something dumb that set it off. Could even have been a dropped cigarette. The fact that he too was in the house and was injured suggests some huge, tragic mistake.

It could have been deliberate, of course, but I think there's still some room for doubt. Or he could be shielding somebody.

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He had 8 children? Are all of them his knowing MSDF's are assigned somewhere else? As I don't have TV, wish there'll be follow up news here.

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Actually the guy said he doused one of the rooms with some kind of grease and set it on fire, because his wife didn't see him off.

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Yes, the Japanese news said that he had a fight with his wife because she didn't repond to his "Itekimasu!" He wanted to get revenge on his wife.

What a pahtetic excuse, a pathetic waste of life, and a pathetic individual.

A small solitary cell, for the rest of his miserable existence.

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It was kerosene, which many households routinely have on hand for use in heaters (maybe leftover from the winter supply or they might have it year round for a kerosene heated bath).

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From what I have seen in the Japanese media, authorities are working on the assumption it was a spontaneous outburst of violence as a result their argument but if it happened directly after and she was a witness it would seem Suemune was taking advantage of a circumstance that had been put in motion some time prior.

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