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Home intruder beats man to death with chair in Fukuoka Prefecture

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Police in Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture, said Saturday they have arrested a 24-year-old man on suspicion of murder after he broke into a 75-year-old man’s home and beat him with a metal chair.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 6:55 p.m. Friday. Local media reported that the victim was Yoshiaki Takaguchi, who was chairman of a construction company, and that there had apparently been some financial trouble between him and the suspect, Shunsuke Takamuku, who worked for the victim.

Police said they received a call from a home care worker, saying that a man had forced his way into the house and was beating Takaguchi several times with a chair. The victim was taken to hospital where he died shortly after arrival.

Takamuku fled after the attack but turned himself to police in later on Friday night.

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Police in Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture, said Saturday they have arrested a 24-year-old man on suspicion of murder after he broke into a 75-year-old man’s home and beat him with a metal chair.

No expert on Japanese law here and many of its contradictions are intimidating.

In the US, some areas have "castle law", and if this 75 year old had turned the tables and beat the intruder to death with say a baseball bat, it would clearly be a matter of self-defense.

I have been told by Japanese acquaintances that in such circumstances the homeowner would be arrested for murder.

Would be interesting to do some research about this.

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if someone is harming you or others, then the self-defense needs to be proportional to the attacker... Self-defense means stopping before you murder someone.

The problem with these is that they are easy lines to cross when fighting for your life. If someone is attacking your family with a butcher knife, how are you supposed to know what it will take to stop him? You can't. You have no idea until he stops. By the time he does stop, your self-defense may have killed him.

If someone is attacking my children, I am not going to hesitate and think, "Maybe I should hit him softly at first - I don't want to kill him." I will do what it takes to stop him as quickly as possible, before he can harm them - like any responsible parent would.

Especially as most people are not self-defense experts, we have no idea what the results will be. People get killed by one punch sometimes. Other attackers will keep attacking even after multiple gunshot wounds. I would hope that the law gives the benefit of the doubt to the person who defends his home and family, but I know that's often not the case.

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*beat him with a metal chair.*

the victim was Yoshiaki Takaguchi, who was chairman of a construction company*

Ok, I see what they did there…..

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I’ve been robbed at gunpoint, knifepoint and by youth gangs. And pickpocketed. I just give them whatever they want. Money is just money. Life is more important.

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chair man vs. chairman

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I’ve been robbed at gunpoint, knifepoint and by youth gangs. 

This wasn't a robbery. Kurume is know for certain kinds of people, and construction companies are known for the same kinds of people. Being a construction company in Kurume, we can guess at the kinds of people that might be involved.

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I have been told by Japanese acquaintances that in such circumstances the homeowner would be arrested for murder.

I was once told by a Japanese police officer that self defence was against the law in Japan.

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Poor old man. A lot of this going on in the world. Last week an 87 years old Irish invalid in his electric wheelchair was stabbed to death outside a London train station.

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Poor old man. A lot of this going on in the world. Last week an 87 years old Irish invalid in his electric wheelchair was stabbed to death outside a London train station.

Welcome to humanity.

Our brains are not built to cope with the every tragedy that exists on the planet. The internet has brought every tragedy right into our pockets though.

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RodneyAug. 28 01:32 pm JST

I’ve been robbed at gunpoint, knifepoint and by youth gangs. And pickpocketed. I just give them whatever they want.

Um...where do you hang out? I mean, just as a warning to others...

WobotAug. 28 09:46 am JST

Death penalty

That's one thing Japan gets right

MUR·DER /ˈmərdər/ the premeditated killing of one human being by another.

The State (represented by 'governments' of any Human group), that is, the entity that commits the "Death Penalty", is NOT a 'thing', it is the body of all constituent Human beings making up the group which we might call a 'Human identity group'. When the 'State' kills a 'murderer', the constituents of that State become, themselves, 'murderers' by definition. In fact, they become 'conspiratorial premeditated murderers'. Given that, in modern states, ALL research has shown that the 'Death Penalty' has no effect on rates of homicide and may even exacerbate it by the State itself condoning MURDER, thereby, if nothing else, offering a way of 'suicide' to the desperate coward, the Death Penalty is a self-contradicting policy that justifies MURDER and makes EVERYONE constituting that State a murderer. It is the solution of psychopaths and relieves the murderer of any confrontation with 'conscience' that may or may not arise. Lifetime 'solitary confinement', on the other hand, accomplishes the same result without harming the mentality of the social unit and protects less criminally offensive rule breakers from their influence while the homicidal await their State mandated murders. It also relieves the State of murdering 'innocent' people which recent developments confirm that we have done and that we do. Just sayin'...

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chair man vs. chairman

Post of the day!

A person died violently, making fun of it shows a complete lack of empathy.

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