Man arrested over death of 84-year-old mother


Police in Yonago, Tottori Prefecture, have arrested a 50-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of killing his 84-year-old mother with whom he lived.

According to police, Tetsuya Yamada is accused of stabbing his mother Naoko several times in the chest and stomach with a knife on or around Nov 23, Sankei Shimbun reported.

Naoko’s body was found in the bathtub by police after a neighbor contacted police to report a man yelling in a loud voice from the Yamadas’ house.

Several blood-stained knives were found in the house, police said, adding that Yamada has admitted to the charge but has so far given no motive.

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Move out of home well before 50 I say.

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50 years old, unemployed AND still living at home? Talk about pathetic. I don't really care to hear his motive. Just throw the book at him and toss him in a dark, dank cell to rot.

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It is likely he was unemployed and living with his mother because he was her full time carer. It is a very common scenario in Japan. It’s also very common for the carers to build up resentment against their ailing parent and too often they snap and take the life of their parent. I’ve known a lot of middle aged people who will openly comment, “I’m just waiting for my parent to do die so I can get my life back,”. It’s a very sad situation.

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Good comments.

I agree with you.

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"50-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of killing his 84-year-old mother with whom he lived."

 "And that's the way it is."

Japan's mental health care system is neither healthy, caring, nor a system.

"Freedom of thought is not just important to democracy, it is democracy."

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Please don't jump to conclusions with this kind of article.

Most likely,he was forced to become an unpaid full time carer for his mother, because of a severe lack of social care support and basic empathy in this country.

Even when we were taking care of my father with the full support of state and paid care in the UK,we still felt immense pressure.

Who cares for the carers?

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Sad. - This was your mother, who carried you in her womb for 9 months. As a completely vulnerable infant, she protected you, nurse you and cared for you for the majority of 50 years since you were still, at home …

…and this was the ‘fate’ you designed for her?

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Great comments. I was happy to read your post before all of the non logical people started bashing this guy. No one knows what was going on in his home. Yes he was unemployed and perhaps maybe not by choice but because he chose a life to take care of his mom. Unfortunately something made him snap. No one knows unless you are walking in the same footsteps of this man. I can understand why he had no motive.

I agree with you.

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It takes immense patience to care for the elderly who will demand instant gratification, food and attention.

Social mores go out the window as brain function lessens-one person is not enough-there is no respite.

This is what I have seen occur and although not in agreement with murder, I can certainly understand ‘why’ this happens….

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Made it to 84, only to be slain by her own offspring, just extremely pitiful, and ridiculous . Many; would like to live a long life—longevity has its place, but not in this case.

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where I used to live in Tokyo, there was a very old house with the old style plastered outside walls, turns out the couples resided in a house that was passed down 3 generations, a real eye sore, but they did install, brand new shutters on every window, and drove a new benz. You could hear the mother screaming at his mother about something now and then and making loud noises like things being thrown around. The shutters were always closed except the ones on the 2nd floor which provided outside views when needed. BTW they never had guest come by too.

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