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Man arrested for 3rd time after threatening to stick a knife in heart of hospitalized wife

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Police in Tokyo have arrested a 59-year-old Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau official on suspicion of threatening to kill his wife. It is the third time this year that the man has been arrested over abuse of his wife.

According to police, Shizuki Muto, a tax consultant at the bureau, was re-arrested for threatening his wife over the phone last month, Kyodo News reported. During the call, Shizuki told his wife he would stick a knife in her heart.

Police said that Muto physically assaulted his wife from January to April, leading to him being arrested and indicted twice during that period. His wife suffered severe injuries, including ruptured internal organs.

Muto placed the threatening call to his wife on May 12 while she was hospitalized. The call was recorded and he was arrested on Monday.

Police said Muto has remained silent since his arrest.

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Gutless scum!!!

11 ( +13 / -2 )

So the police just say, "Please stop." and then send him on his way?

The above comment of "Gutless scum!" can also be applied to the police.

S

10 ( +16 / -6 )

How about doing something to force him to stop?

10 ( +12 / -2 )

How is this guy not in jail??? Third time in 6 months and they just keep letting him out??? Guess it pays to be a goverment official in japan with its corrupt legal system!

9 ( +14 / -5 )

Third time huh?

what is he, getting points on a stamp card?

on his 5 domestic abuse charge, does he get a complimentary cookie or 3% off his next purchase?

clearly this individual needs to be put away.

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@Sanjinosebleed, it depend. Firstly the wife gonna have to actually be willing to testify against him. Which usually is hard to convince the victim when they are reliant on the abuser in their relation. Secondly police would need to do a investigation and have concrete proof to actually indicte him. Thirdly bringing his case to court and him getting a lawyer can keep his case going for months.

Is actually rare for a nation to throw a man into prison immediately without properly getting him sentence first. He has the right to appeal and defend his case. This is what we called having a democracy and respecting his right. Is not as easily as you think to just throw someone in prison. He might even be out in a few months. And he is clearly being smart by staying silent and have his lawyer do it's job.

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@Hiro

My understanding was anyone charged with assault is kept on remmand. It is not his first time so by the second he should have been kept locked up. If he has assaulted her so badly that she is in hospital then there shouldn't be any problem keeping him in jail. Hopefully now they have recorded evidence he will go away for a few years to pay for his crimes!

9 ( +11 / -2 )

Wow - talk about death and taxes!

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Is this an April fools joke? The poor lady is in the hospital because of this devil and the law is doing what again?

5 ( +6 / -1 )

eye for eye teeth for teeth.do same to him

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Sell or do drugs in Japan and you are a pariah. Child abuse or domestic violence, well, it won't cause anyone to rethink the status quo so farcical measures apply.

0 ( +7 / -7 )

So he was allowed to severely harm this woman multiple times and released multiple times…

common. Police are trash but at least pretend to do your job like the rest of us

5 ( +8 / -3 )

So... he was arrested twice already for abuse and just let go? I hope police at least gave him a stern glance. Maybe this time he'll even get a proper scolding before his wife is released back into his care.

-2 ( +5 / -7 )

cops in this country are a joke sometimes-

-3 ( +7 / -10 )

He likely was not released between arrests. Remember, you’re reading a translation, about a legal system with which you are unfamiliar.

-12 ( +0 / -12 )

A few more details from the Japanese news: the guy is also a 5 dan black belt in karate, and after beating his wife, he took her to the hospital and said he got hurt during karate practice. However, the doctors considered that suspicious enough, so they called the police, and this is how he got arrested. It seems that the wife does not want or is too afraid to testify against him.

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I feel so sorry for women who devote their lives to someone only to have them, much later after years and years of support, turn around and make their life hell.

Of course the same thing happens to men, but at least men usually dont have to worry about their partner being 10 times stronger than them.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Hey police and prosecutors, how about KEEPING this guy behind bars somehow some way? His intentions are quite clear so don't wait until he completes the job and then say you did all you could.

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Police said that Muto physically assaulted his wife from January to April, leading to him being arrested and indicted twice during that period. His wife suffered severe injuries, including ruptured internal organs.

Should have been in jail since then. Poor woman. I hope she can live peacefully after the divorce.

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When it comes to a person claiming 30 years ago another person pinched their bottom at a party, the said offender is vilified, harassed, tried by the media, lose their job, status, everything and the police and courts are all out for blood. Here we have evidence that a woman has been systematically abused and assaulted and....

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@Hiro Every country has their own laws you mentioned that the wife has to willing testify against him. Let me say this had this happened in the US the first report he would be under the jail. We can thank OJ for that. All a women or man has to say is they are abused and if their are signs of it someone is going to jail. Lets say if it was a man and he abused his wife if the police is called out and their are physical signs he is going to jail. Lets say there is a report and he is locked up a court date set and it is up to the prosecutor to say whether or not their is a trial she can refuse to testify but if the prosecutor wants to bring the case forward its a done deal especially if the guy has more than one call to that address or DV cases on file. Making a threat is just as worse as doing the crime. Second he has to worry about Bubba his cell mate. One thing you do not want to do is go to jail in the US on a DV, rape or child molestation charge because now your fate is in the hands of the inmate population and people who go in with those charges don't do well inside. My question is the wife had been injured many times and this guy made threats what does it take to put this guy away?

@Sanjinosebleed, it depend. Firstly the wife gonna have to actually be willing to testify against him. Which usually is hard to convince the victim when they are reliant on the abuser in their relation. Secondly police would need to do a investigation and have concrete proof to actually indicte him. Thirdly bringing his case to court and him getting a lawyer can keep his case going for months.

Is actually rare for a nation to throw a man into prison immediately without properly getting him sentence first. He has the right to appeal and defend his case. This is what we called having a democracy and respecting his right. Is not as easily as you think to just throw someone in prison. He might even be out in a few months. And he is clearly being smart by staying silent and have his lawyer do it's job.

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Hey police and prosecutors, how about KEEPING this guy behind bars somehow some way?

Um, that's how it works in Japan. They arrest someone, and then when they have new charges, the re-arrest the person they still have in custody. This guy has been 'arrested' three times, but while I haven't looked, if this is the one special case where they did release him in the middle, whereas in all other cases they report a re-arrest the person was still in custody, I'd be amazed.

As I said earlier in the thread:

Remember, you’re reading a translation, about a legal system with which you are unfamiliar.

-8 ( +2 / -10 )

Domestic violence is not taken seriously in Japan at all, I know from personal experience. I was first abused back in 2001. The cops were more concerned about offending my husband.

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Third time?! What exactly were the useless cops doing the first two times he got arrested - give him a verbal warning and send him on his way? Reprehensible. Those "cops" should also be held accountable because he should never had a second let alone a third time to threaten his wife.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Third time?! What exactly were the useless cops doing the first two times he got arrested - give him a verbal warning and send him on his way?

No, they would have locked him up the first time, then as they press charges, they "re-arrest" him, while still in custody. He's never sent on his way. As I have said earlier in this thread:

Remember, you’re reading a translation, about a legal system with which you are unfamiliar.

-10 ( +0 / -10 )

With all respect, Strangerland, you do not KNOW that he was kept in custody at all.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Leave your wife if your not happy or fine the same size u have so u can throw your stress.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Actually if he was arrested how was he out and about to commit crimes two and three - he could not have done that from inside a celll! Think logically!

0 ( +1 / -1 )

J-cops are not a joke. They are incompetent and dangerous. Cross the street when you see them and never make eye contact. If you ask them for help they will start questioning YOU. I speak from ample experience.

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With all respect, Strangerland, you do not KNOW that he was kept in custody at all.

You're right, I didn't look into this specific case. But the way the Japanese police work is that they arrest someone on a crime to hold them which gives them 23 days to investigate while the suspect is locked up. Then, within that 23 days, they regularly 're-arrest' the person, under the new charges they intend to bring. In western countries, we generally refer to this as 'pressing new charges', but it's a peculiarity of reporting on Japan that the reporters use a more direct translation describing being arrested again, rather than the more natural translation of 'pressing new charges'.

Then, sometimes, the police will even press new charges later on, "re-arresting" the person. Still in custody from the first time.

Now, you're right, I don't know about this specific case. I didn't look into this one. But I haven't seen anything to indicate this case is different than other cases where suspects in Japan are "re-arrested" while still in custody, and every time a bunch of foreigners here freak out about it, not realizing what I've said all along:

Remember, you’re reading a translation, about a legal system with which you are unfamiliar.

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Actually if he was arrested how was he out and about to commit crimes two and three

They "re-arrest" based on the results of the investigation from before the person was locked up. See my explanation above.

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