Police in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, have arrested a 66-year-old man on suspicion of murder after he stabbed his downstairs neighbor at their apartment building.
According to police, Isao Wakaba, who lives on the second floor of the building in Takatsu Ward, stabbed Koichi Hidaka, 65, at around 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Fuji TV reported. Hidaka was found collapsed and bleeding in front of the door to his apartment. He was taken to hospital where he died shortly after arrival.
Police said Wakaba has admitted to the charge and quoted him as saying, “When he returned home, I went downstairs and stabbed him three times in the stomach. I intended to kill him.” A blood-stained knife, believed to be the murder weapon, was found in his apartment.
Police said there had apparently been trouble between the two men for some time, though to what extent they knew each is uncertain.© Japan Today