Man arrested over murder of drinking companion


Police in Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture, have arrested a 24-year-old man on suspicion of stabbing to death a 25-year-old man with whom he had been drinking.

According to police, Hyoma Yonekura, a sheet metal worker, has admitted to stabbing Gen Koshimizu after they got into argument at about 1:20 a.m. Sunday morning following a drinking session at a pub in a commercial building, Fuji TV reported.

Police said the two men knew each other and had been drinking together in the pub with seven other friends Saturday night when they started arguing over an as-yet unspecified subject, After Koshimizu was stabbed, a pub employee called 119. Koshimizu was taken to hospital but died from loss of blood due to a stab wound to his chest.

Police said Yonekura was drunk when he was apprehended near the pub. He said he had used a foldable knife which was found nearby.

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This idea is probably very unpopular but there really should be a list of people who should not be allowed to drink. Violent, reckless and promiscuous drunks should be on the top of the list. And yeah I'm pretty sure there was a folding knife that is conveniently nearby at that time, he should've just clocked him hard instead

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Just goes to show and prove some folks just can't handle alcohol responsibly. Nothing wrong with drinking as long as you know your own limits to stop or slow down, 1 or 2 moderately and enjoy the show..too bad this worked out the wrong way.

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Yes, I agree more needs to be done to help people drink responsibly and not become drunks. Today the train I boarded at 9:30 am had fellow standing at the door with a beer can drinking. With the announcements about the dangers of walking with your cell phone, drinking at 9:00 am on city train is also dangerous, but no one says anything. There are alcohol ads all over the I guess drinking is not as dangerous as walking with your cell phone.

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Two young kids have been left without a father now, poor things.

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Alcohol can see people become really angry. How many people who do weed stab their smoking companions?

And yeah I'm pretty sure there was a folding knife that is conveniently nearby at that time

@Toshihiro, you need to reread the article.

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It’s pretty unusual for Japanese to fight with knives, to be carrying one is an offence. He did have a knife Toshi, but he threw it away and the knife he had -- but had thrown away -- was found nearby.

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Not everyone who drinks gets violent. I've heard it said, and I tend to agree, that drinking brings out the person's real personality. Years ago, I had a co-worker friend who was the nicest guy, until he was drunk. At those times, I was afraid to be around him.

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So, obviously another highly strung Japanese drunk carrying around a pocket knife.

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The enkai season is nearing peak, people, so get ready for heaps of stories like this, on top of the usual oyaji sleeping on trains, vomiting in public, and drunk driving. The raging alcoholism here is out of control, and honestly I believe there should be no bounenkais. Obviously murdering your drinking buddy on a whim is an extreme, but you see hundreds of cases of people committing lesser infractions and everyone saying, "Ah, he's just drunk!" or the like, or shrugging off violence on the trains and other public drunkenness with "bounenkai season... what are you gonna do?"

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