Police on Sunday charged Shigeru Watanabe, 75, a resident of Joso City, Ibaraki Prefecture, with the murder of 65-year-old farmer Jin Hodota on Saturday night. Police said Hodota was fatally wounded after being stabbed with a katana.
Watanabe was initially arrested on Saturday night for possessing a Japanese sword deemed illegal under the Swords and Firearms Control Law, then charged with murder Sunday on suspicion of stabbing Hodota in the stomach with a katana.
Hodota's family tipped authorities off regarding the location of the suspect, who was found in his home. Reports indicate that on Saturday around 7 p.m., the two men had gone drinking after participating in a neighborhood association meeting when they suddenly began to quarrel.
Watanabe told police: "I did it alone, and I don't really care what happens to me." Police are currently investigating into possible motives for the crime.© Japan Today