Man arrested for fatally stabbing neighbor in apartment building


Police in Uji City, Kyoto Prefecture, on Monday arrested a 52-year-old man on suspicion of stabbing to death a 75-year-old man who lived in the same apartment building.

According to police, Katsuhiko Nomura has admitted to killing Taketoshi Yamada, who lived on the third floor. Fuji TV reported that at around 6 p.m. on Sunday, Yamada's wife called 119 after finding him collapsed, bleeding from several stab wounds to his chest and stomach. Emergency personnel rushed to the scene and found Yamada at the bottom of the staircase. He was taken to hospital where he died shortly after arrival.

Police said Nomura, who lives one floor below the Yamadas, called them earlier on Sunday to complain that someone had damaged his car parked outside the building.

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" Katsuhiko Nomura has admitted to killing Taketoshi Yamada"

"Nomura, who lives one floor below the Yamadas,"

Wonder if the above neighbor made loud bangs, or other noises, (many argue Japanese living proximity to each other can be quite close, and noise can travel depending on the age/type of structure) at inopportune/inconsiderate times- which I've heard about before- early morning and late night noisy/nosey neighbors

Police said Nomura, called them earlier on Sunday to complain that someone had damaged his car"

Perhaps he may have thought Yamada had something to do with that. I've also heard about this style of fighting ,:in Japan; getting back at a person with an uneasily determined methodology., but ones 6th sense may be correct. Perhaps causing frustration over a period of time, which perhaps led the brewing circumstances,

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The 'downstairs monster neighbor' is becoming relatively common in Japan. I have one that is constantly banging on her ceiling if I move a chair or walk to heavily through my apartment, yet she will spend literally hours screaming at her son at any time of the day or night. It's sad fact that many Japanese cannot control their anger and 'snap' very easily. I'm sure this case is exactly that scenario. More than likely, the old fella upstairs did absolutely nothing, but was just an easy target for a cowardly thug with a grudge.

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I recommend investing in stilettos and practice tap dance ( daytime only off course ) , the sooner they snap - the better its for everyone

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"The 'downstairs monster neighbor' is becoming relatively common in Japan."

I once had an "upstairs monster neighbor" who sounded like he was running, jumping up and down almost every day.AND other strange sounds such as loud ramblings , and the dropping of something heavy on the floor. It had become so irritating., that I would wear ear plugs. Luckily I was able to get base housing to relocate me, quickly.i thanks for letting me share.

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"The 'downstairs monster neighbor' is becoming relatively common in Japan."

Yer we have a old boy under us who thinks everything is his business and complains endlessly. When the boot is on the other foot he just shrugs,looks angry and storms off, the one way Wa is what i call it.

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I have never lived in an apartment fortunately and just for the neighbor noise reason primarily which I believed could be a major issue. But I have stayed in many hotel rooms though and they have usually been fine regarding noise. It is interesting to me to read about the others with apartment noise issues here and I guess it all comes down to the neighbors you have and how considerate they are.

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