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Man arrested after killing mother with wooden sword in Tokyo

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A 45-year-old man was arrested for attempted murder on Sunday, after he allegedly hit his 84-year-old mother with a wooden sword several times, causing her death.

The man, whose occupation has not been confirmed, is accused of hitting his mother, Toyoko Onuki, in her head several times with a wooden sword, at around 12.30 a.m. while she was sleeping. The man later called emergency services and told them that his mother’s body had become cold, and emergency personnel rushed to the home in Hachioji City. The woman was found bleeding from her head and was taken to hospital, but she was pronounced dead about an hour later.

Police arrested the man at the home for attempted murder after he told them he had attacked his mother. Police said they said they will pursue a charge of murder after taking into account whether he is competent enough to be held criminally responsible.

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...what's wrong with this guy!!!!

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Wooden sword, hmm will they give restriction for the circulation of wooden sword from now on?

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im confused... please define "attempted murder", if im not wrong its a crime that the motive is to kill but the victim didnt died. but on this article it was attempted murder yet the victim died. im confused.

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moonknightskye

I'm assuming that he was charged with attempted murder on the spot because his mother was still alive. She died about an hour later in hospital. So the charge will presumably be changed to one of murder, if he is deemed mentally sound.

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He was charged with attempted murder because she wasn't dead until officially pronounced dead, the charges for murder are usually added later.

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The attempted murder charge is so that they can hold him for 23 days before re-arresting him for murder. It was the only avenue for the police, as he stayed in the house after calling the police thus they can't arrest him for the standard "abandoning a corpse" charge.

And really, why's the guy's job important? No need to confirm anything.

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45 and living with mummy.

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Rest in peace...what a horrible way for an 84 year old mother to die...and her 45 year old son is a real sissy/musume...for killing his mother while she slept...

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45, living with mommy

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The man, whose occupation has not been confirmed, is accused of hitting his mother,

In most cases isn't a persons occupation irrelevant to the crime they commit?

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How sad:(

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scoobydoo: In Japan, I think that where you stand in relation to the rest of society is one of the biggest defining factors of who you are, and is as relevant to ppl watching the news as say age or gender in other cultures.

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Every story where this happens, it's always some guy in their 40s unleasing rage. I can understand how one would be frustrated under the circumstances, but if your parents put up with you for that long, brutally murdering them is really not a good way to say 'thanks'.

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Ok, this creepy. There was another case where somebody killed somebody, and when they called the cops they said "The body is getting cold." Is this just some bizaare coincidence? Was the coldness of the body they just killed the only thing from reality that seeped into their dysfunction brain that alerted them something wasn't quite right?

guy must've had some serious pent up rage, combined with some serious mommy issues to both be angry enough to kill her, but only man enough to do it while the poor 84 y/o woman was sleeping. I hope she didn't feel any pain.

Quick qualification for Potential Murderous Nutters:

Are you employed? No.

Do you Live with mommy? Yes.

Are you over 40? Yes.

sound the nutter siren.

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Heh. I knew that comment would get all ya'll crazy Western knickers in a twist.

It was a joke. The stories which always make the news. Common stereotypes in cultures.

Christ, you people are waaay too literal. Too much time spent in The United Ja of Pan.

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It was a joke. The stories which always make the news. Common stereotypes in cultures.

The only thing is, people make such inflammatory comments all the time, it's hard to tell when one is being serious or not. I don't blame my time in Japan on that, but rather upon being exposed to so many people's ignorance on this site alone.

bamboohat-- I feel terrible that I laughed at the qualification check. That always seems to be the typical makeup of these nutjobs... I also hope she didn't feel anything.

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@4thEstateDotcom

Perhaps. It strikes me as no less strange than the fact that black on white violence is never described as 'hate crime' but white on black is automatically assumed to be such.

Probably this is the reason why:

According to Uniform Crime Reports, in 1996 Black Americans were the victims of sixty-eight percent of all racially motivated hate crimes. Fast-forward a whole decade later and Blacks still comprised over sixty-six percent of hate crime victims. Even after September 11th and the push for same-sex marriage in the early 2000's, anti-Black hate crimes astoundingly dwarfed those hate crimes motivated by religious affiliation and sexual orientation — a staggering and telling fact that illustrates the ongoing undercurrent of racial feeling in the United States.

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@4thEstatedotcom

Guess what ethnicity the majority of the perpetrators were?

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What I'm wondering is... what comes first: Does a man stay at home into his 30's or 40's because he is mentally ill or unstable, then later lose it and kill his mother? Or does a man stay at home into his 30's or 40's then start losing his mind and finally kill his mother? I'm sure Freud would have some words of wisdom here.

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dolphingirl-- I imagine it's a mixture of both.

I always wonder if maybe the person starts out fine, but hit some hard times later down the road. Maybe he moved out once before but because of the economy, had to move back home or something. Either way, it's not surprising that a lot of them either were mentally unstable or became that way after having to soley depend on their parents for support. I'd go crazy too if I had to live with my parents for the rest of my life because I couldn't find a job. Or just be depressed. But that doesn't justify murder (or "attempted" murder, whatever).

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Nice one, haha. And it's true. I don't understand the gratuitous hate for Japan here, just as much as I don't understand the people who glorify it as some sort of utopian society (...haven't met anyone like that here, but I met MANY people like that when I was still in the states). Crimes like this reveal to me that Japan is as screwed up and human as everyone else, but that as everyone else part seems to get lost on most people around here.

Moderator: Readers, please stay on topic.

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A 'wooden sword'? A stick then.

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^^^^ maybe one of those swords they use for Kendo? Those things hurt! A couple of my jpn friends have them lying around their houses.

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What a coward loser!! A 45 having nothing to do with his life but killing his old mother in her sleep. How sad!! I really cannot stop crying reading the story.RIP Obaachan!!!

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A 'wooden sword'? A stick then.

It's called a bokuto in Japanese, like the one Hiroyuki Sanada used to beat Tom Cruise over the head with in Last Samurai. Most are made from oak or bamboo. Anyway, like you said: a stick. In a fashion.

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I think this kind of thing happens because the mother at some point in the distant past fell in love with her son because she couldn't find love from her husband who treated her as a mother ever since she had the child. The young man is then coddled like a newborn well into his late thirties and realizes that he doesn't have the social skills to attract a member of the opposite sex. Over years of manga reading and hentai pornography something in the brain just snaps and voila. Dead 84-year-old mother. I'm sure he will repent and wonder who will take care of him from now on. Luckily he is in line for a suspended sentence, otherwise he would have found respite in the bosom of the penal system. This way, he will have no one. Watch your panties ladies. That is probably where this guy is going next.

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I would guess it's a Aikido bokken. A bokken is a heavy solid piece of wood crafted to replicate a katana (samurai sword) to simulate sword attacks. They are quite heavy about 2 pounds (800g) which is more than a baseball bat and made of very hard wood. Because its shaped like a sword with a tapered edge and considering it hardwood and heavier than a baseball bat, it doesn't take much imagination to figure that you can do a lot of damage with one if you really wanted too. Kendo shinai are made a slats of bamboo that absorb shock, pro wrestlers often whack the heck out of eachother with Shinai. A Shinai will sting, a bokken will crack your skull.

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scoobydoo: In Japan, I think that where you stand in relation to the rest of society is one of the biggest defining factors of who you are, and is as relevant to ppl watching the news as say age or gender in other cultures.

Excellent point, hannari. To get a little perspective on this, I suggest a comparative law book I'm reading called "Secrets, Sex, and Spectacle: The Rules of Scandal in Japan and the United States" by Mark D. West. It throws some light on how these things are viewed in Japan and why they are approached in the ways that they are.

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The fact that the article mentions the police investigating the man's mental competency to ascertain criminal culpability leads me to believe this is more than a 40-something NEET who got sick of eating his mother's omurice every morning, and more that he has some kind of genuine mental deficit. That said, even if he DOES have a psychological or developmental disorder, this crime is heinous. I echo the hope that the poor woman didn't feel any pain, though I doubt she had such luck.

If he's found to be in possession of his full faculties and therefore criminally responsible, then I hope they throw the book at him. If he has some kind of mental disorder, though, I'd have to hold this up as yet ANOTHER example of tragedy resulting from Japan's paltry social services.

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I have read the article and all the posts and I can’t see anything that says this old lady was a sweetheart and her son a retard who had either never left home or did so and came back because he couldn’t hack it in the real world. How do we know if this man is a very successful business man who because he is the only child of the family has been stuck looking after a seriously nasty old onibaba who has been making his life hell for years? The police are worried about him being a crazy because he seems such a respectable looking man yet he has smacked his mum in the head with a bokken. See! You could all be getting hold of the totally wrong end of the stick, or bokken, or whatever it might have been. Me, I don’t know, but this woudn’t be the first nasty old lady that had work hard for many years to earn a cracked skull.

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Why is it that the men reported in the crime section and particularly murder and sex crime are men in the age group of 40- 50?

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This incident immediately reminded me of the movie, "Seppuku" back in 1964 when the protagonist samurai learned that his son inlaw was forced to commit suicide for disgracing the code of honor by selling his steel blade and replacing it with a wooden one. He therefore excrusiatingly committed suicide using that wooden sword.

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This could be a case of continous nagging the offspring to be all they can be or always addressing the negatives (and not the positives) about their offspring's character. The Japanese culture of parents nagging their sons/daughters goes way back in time. They can be high profile doctors or lawyers and yet the parents (especially the mother) would still nag them on their faults. I think Japan should implement a law to have all sons aged 30 and over living with their parents be registered as a potential unstabled person and have him enrolled in some kind of domestic violence program. It seems that this government is not taking appropriate steps in trying to reduce these atrocious tragedies.

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i want to know the reason why he killed the mother... i see some incidents where a middle aged son/daughter taking care of his/her sick or disabled parent and get no help, being isolated, exhausted, kill the parent and etc etc... but in this case, we just don't know why he did it. i hope it is not one of those things that the mother hid the man's remote control and stuff like that...i want to know the reason.

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grafton: "Me, I don’t know, but this woudn’t be the first nasty old lady that had work hard for many years to earn a cracked skull."

Hey, dude... the guy killed his mother, who was 84, by basically fustigating her while she was SLEEPING! The guy's nuts, any way you slice it. Maybe she was a crotchety old lady... or maybe this is yet another incident of 'she wouldn't pass me the remote' or, 'she nagged me over my cell phone bill'; you know, the kind of meaningless things that the Japanese snap over on a daily basis.

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dasyhard: "The Japanese culture of parents nagging their sons/daughters goes way back in time."

I don't think that's limited to the Japanese, and I don't think they necessarily nag their kids more than anyone else (except when the 'kid' is in his 30s + and won't leave work.... or during 'exam hell').

Nonetheless, if you're still living at home with you 84 year old mom (or you've let her move in) and she's nagging you, you tell her off. You don't wait until the frail old woman is asleep to beat her with a woman sword.

It'll be interesting to learn more about the case. Until then I'll reserve my 'poor old woman' or other condolences except to say that I hope she didn't wake up at all.

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smithinjapan: You may be right but based on their culture and my heritage which is also Japanese/Okinawan, I'm almost certain that this incident happened because of what his mother said to him. Their tradition of pride is unmeasurable which in most cases the parents want control if their adult offspring is headed nowhere and doesn't have a good outlook on the future.

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