Man arrested for attempted murder of wife in Tokyo apartment


Police in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo, said Saturday they have arrested a 28-year-old company employee on suspicion of attempting to kill his 27-year-old wife by setting fire to their apartment and strangling her.

According to police, Minori Seki used a lighter to set fire to a towel in the bathroom of his apartment at around 9 a.m. Friday, Sankei Shimbun reported. His wife was sleeping at the time. The fire spread and she was awakened by the smoke.

Police said that Seki then strangled her with his hands. After she lost consciousness, he went out onto the balcony, called 110 and said he had killed his wife.

Police and firefighters rushed to the scene. The fire was extinguished and Seki’s wife, who was still alive, was taken to hospital with a throat injury. She was in a stable condition on Saturday, police said.

Police said Seki has admitted to the charge and quoted him as saying he was fed up with life and that he wanted to kill his wife and hoped he would die, as well.

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saying he was fed up with life and . . . hoped he would die, as well. 

He did a really crap job of wanting to die in the fire then, didn't he, since -

he went out onto the balcony,

These bs lies, riding on the already shameful and disgusting murder-suicide train.

He wanted to kill his wife. The time he does won't be enough. I hope his wife gets the protection required to stop him getting near her again.

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i wonder how much overtime he did?

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That’s the problem with these “men”. Raised without the comprehension of responsibility, they feel entitled to having the right to treat their wives as items.

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So, I guess we can call this, today's family murder. Luckily, he was unsuccessful. There seems to an ever growing list of people on the edge and ready ti kill family members in Japan. Yes, Japan has a low murder rate compared to other countries, but the majority of murders in Japan are within the family. You can conclude that, Japan is a safe country, until you go home.

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The majority of murders everywhere are people they know. This is not a Japanese phenomenon.

From the FBI: "Between 2005 and 2010, 60 percent of all violent injuries in this countrywere inflicted by loved ones or acquaintances. And 60 percent of the time those victimizations happened in the home. In 2011, 79 percent of murders reported to the FBI (in which the victim-offender relationship was known) were committed by friends, loved ones, or acquaintances."

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I judge him harshly, but as a foreigner I have the option always in the back of my mind of leaving this place. It must be misery for many to be stuck in Japan forever.

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Thankfully she survived!

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Yes, hopefully she'll recover quickly.

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Police said Seki has admitted to the charge

Well of course he did!

After she lost consciousness, he went out onto the balcony, called 110 and said he had killed his wife.

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Reckless, he could've jacked it all in and got on a plane somewhere? There is no excuse.

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The words I want to use to describe this selfish person would get me banned from this site.

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