Man arrested for killing 86-year-old ailing mother


Police in Kagoshima City have arrested a 58-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of killing his 86-year-old mother with whom he lived.

According to police, Hiroki Seto called 110 at around 2 p.m. on Oct 29 and said he had killed his mother Hisako the night before, Fuji TV reported. However, since his arrest, police said he has remained silent.

Seto had been looking after his ailing mother since his father died five years ago. Neighbors told local media that Seto appeared stressed from taking care of his mother.

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I bet he was. This is just another symptom of Japan’s abysmally archaic aging society culture. Poor people like this man are forced to take care of their ailing parents because the parents too proud to reach out for help.

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My sister had to let go of the two health care takers that would come to help my 102 mother because of concerns of Covid 19. After few months of doing certain tasks, she started getting stressed out and we had to put her in a care facility. She seems to be doing ok. But it was a difficult decision.

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This scenario repeats itself quite often in Japan. It’s a shame the government of this self-proclaimed ‘rich country’ hasn’t stepped in and started providing affordable and free care for the ever growing number of elderly in Japan. Being a full time carer of an ailing senior is tough work and requires professional training. It shouldn’t just be left to the family members. I’ve known many people in their 50’s and 60’s whose only role in life is to look after their ailing parents and they all say the same thing, “I’m just waiting for my parent/s to die so I can get my life back.”

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