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Man arrested for keeping body of 83-year-old mother at home for 4 months

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Police in Fukaya, Saitama Prefecture, said Wednesday they have arrested a 53-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of keeping the body of his 83-year-old mother at their home for four months.

According to police, Yoshikatsu Takada has admitted to the charge. He was quoted by police as saying his mother Yori died of natural causes at the end of July, Fuji TV reported. He said he left the body in the first-floor living room of the house because he didn’t know what to do.

Police received a call from the local ward office on Tuesday afternoon, notifying them that there had been no contact with Takada’s mother for months and they were concerned something may have happened to her. Police and a ward office employee went to the home where Takada told them that his mother had died.

Police are also investigating to see whether Takada continued to receive his mother’s pension after her death.

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Why do we keep getting the same lame excuse from these lazy slugs your mother died and you left her on the living room floor for 4 months because you didn't know what to do you knew what to do keep collecting your pension.

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Her pension, once again my phone wrote what It thought I wanted instead of what I said

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According to police, Yoshikatsu Takada has admitted to the charge. He was quoted by police as saying his mother Yori died of natural causes at the end of July, Fuji TV reported. He said he left the body in the first-floor living room of the house because he didn’t know what to do.

A 53 year old not knowing to call emergency services when someone dies? Who is meant to believe this?

Police received a call from the local ward office on Tuesday afternoon, notifying them that there had been no contact with Takada’s mother for months and they were concerned something may have happened to her.

On it's own, this statement makes it seem as if ward offices are keeping tabs on people. I reckon we are supposed to infer that the decedent was in somewhat regular contact with the ward office, but that's poor writing.

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Again, the pathetic excuse of 'I didn't know what to do'. It's up there with 'I was drunk'.

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He said he left the body in the first-floor living room of the house because he didn’t know what to do.

Perhaps he really didn't know how to handle the situation or steps dealing with that to do with a death in the family. I think Japan should make some PSA videos showing what must you do, who to call, the fees for these funeral services and show them on tv, make pamphlets, hold seminars, and just advertise! Because most of us here don't think of or know EXACTLY what must we do. (of course we all know not to keep a rotting carcas in our home for months!)

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Letting people with disabilities and/or on low incomes know that there is some kind of emotional, practical, and financial support, would go a long way. These funeral halls are money-grubbing b'stards, i have seen them at work. no wonder people are scared frozen.

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Yeah, and if she were alive and he'd put her out for 4 months, he'd have been arrested, too. What's a guy to do?

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And where were the city office officials in all this? The woman was not young, and odds are a regular patient at some local hospital or clinic, thus using health insurance and suddenly the "bills" stop coming in to the office?

No one caught anything amiss?

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We don't know this guy's mental ability. Age doesn't necessarily mean he's the full quid. Also, shock and grief can make people act strangely. When a situation happens and nothing is done about it, it's very hard to then do something about it.

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I agree that shock and grief can make people act strangely. He was shocked at having to go find a job, and grieving over the loss of his free ride.

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Most of you underestimate the hikkikomori problem.

There could be hundreds of thousands of men with no jobs living at home with mothers who will die soon - and this will continue for decades.

These men do nothing. Their mothers cook, clean, wash, pay bills - everything.

many of these guys do nothing besides eat, sleep, play games and watch TV, Internet.

They often don’t talk to anyone.

its no fun for normal people to act and organize when someone dies.

but these guys?

too much bother .

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Police are also investigating to see whether Takada continued to receive his mother’s pension after her death

So, he’s in his 50’s, unemployed and living with his mother. I’d say him receiving her pension was a bit of a given. This recycled excuse of not knowing what to do after his mother died is just a convenient lie. It’s unfortunate that it is taken as a legitimate excuse in Japan. A judge once told me many years ago, “Ignorance is not an excuse.” Unless you are in Japan, of course.

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Norman Bates

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While he was keeping his mothers body after death, what did he want to do?? If his mother died natural causes, he have to call hospital or police. It is a scary news.

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