Man arrested for attempted murder of 90-year-old grandmother


Police in Yamato, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Sunday arrested a 29-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of attempting to kill his 90-year-old grandmother.

According to police, Takuro Yamaguchi, who lives with his mother in Zama, strangled his grandmother, Hideko Hashimoto, at her apartment in Yamato sometime Saturday night or early Sunday morning.

Police said they received a call at 7:20 a.m. from a woman in her 50s, saying that her son had strangled his grandmother. Hashimoto was taken to hospital where she remained in a coma on Sunday afternoon.

Police said Hashimoto lived alone and that her daughter, who called them, and her son, looked in on her from time to time to help with caregiving.

Police said Yamaguchi has admitted to strangling his grandmother but has so far given no motive. He went to his grandmother’s apartment on Saturday night and was still there Sunday morning when his mother came over and found the victim unconscious.

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Police said Yamaguchi has admitted to strangling his grandmother but has so far given no motive. 

He’s 29 years old and unemployed. What’s the bet he attacked because she wouldn’t give home any money? Most likely for pachinko.

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Unemployed yet Japan is facing labor shortage in their critical sectors (i.e. services, manufacturing).

Not just a problem for many other countries around the globe, but here in Japan too.

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Mother ratted on her son. Must be a troubled family.

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He’s 29 years old and unemployed

And still lives with his mom.

How can any human being kill his own grandmother? Perhaps Yamaguchi is not human...

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Serrano: "How can any human being kill his own grandmother?"

I'm going to go ahead and guess Granny was on to him on being a no good kid. But, there are potential reasons why one might be motivated to do this kind of thing, like severe suffering, dementia, etc. Doesn't sound like that's the case here, though.

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Mental illness is my guess.

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