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Man arrested on suspicion of killing 66-year-old brother in Iwate

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Police in Yamada town, Iwate Prefecture, have arrested a 70-year-old man on suspicion of killing his 66-year-old brother outside their home on March 24.

According to police, Mitsumasa Shinozawa is accused of assaulting his brother Mikie at around 7:30 p.m. by punching him and then strangling him, local media reported.

A neighbor noticed the commotion and called police. Mitsumasa admitted that he had punched his younger brother in the face several times, and was arrested on suspicion of assault.

Mikie was taken to hospital where he died later that night. Police said an autopsy revealed the cause of death as asphyxia due to neck compression, and re-arrested Shinozawa on Thursday on suspicion of murder.

Police said Shinozawa has denied the allegation, saying there was no intent to kill.

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Shinozawa has denied the allegation, saying there was no intent to kill.

Yeah, wrapping one's hands around another's throat and squeezing tightly while extremely angry could never be construed as intent to kill.......hmmm.

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The Japanese proverb reminds us that "a brother is the beginning of a stranger" This saying derives from traditional Japanese culture where on the father’s death the eldest brother acquires such absolute authority as the head of the family that the younger ones and he cannot easily be friends. Tradition dies hard (just ask Cain about Abel).

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Police said Shinozawa has denied the allegation, saying there was no intent to kill.

"I was stressed."

"I don't remember."

"I didn't intend to kill. "

These comedians need new material.

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