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Man arrested over murder of tenant in same apartment building

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Police in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, have arrested a 54-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of killing a 55-year-old man who lived in the same apartment building.

According to police, Goro Sotoyama stabbed Masayuki Kikuchi, who lived on the same floor of their apartment building, at around 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sankei Shimbun reported. Kikuchi suffered multiple knife wounds to his stomach and died in hospital at around 7:30 p.m.

Another tenant called 110 to report the attack which occurred on the stairwell. Police said Sotoyama at first told them there had been trouble between himself and Kikuchi but later denied the charge and said he couldn’t remember what happened.

Police said they are questioning other residents to try and determine the cause of the conflict between the two men.

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No doubt it was about noise.

9 ( +12 / -3 )

… or money @Reckless 5:25pm. Remember ‘classic tunes’ such as this one 4/12/2019: https://japantoday.com/category/crime/man-arrested-for-fatally-stabbing-roommate?comment-order=popular

-9 ( +3 / -12 )

Odd headline: “murder of tenant OR “…of another tenant” ? - Was the assailant perhaps a superintendent ‘living’ in the same building and tasked with repairs, collecting rent, etc ? - Again, too few ‘details’, at this point so:

“Police are questioning other residents to try and determine the cause of the conflict between the two men.” -

-8 ( +3 / -11 )

"Sotoyama at first told them there had been trouble between himself and Kikuchi but later denied the charge and said he couldn’t remember what happened."

Look likes Kikuchi was not a mobster ... with problems like that these days get with the chinese mob, may save you life

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Another unwanted killing???.

-9 ( +2 / -11 )

Tara Tan Kitaoka Is there any such thing as a 'wanted' killing?

14 ( +14 / -0 )

Second time in just a few years murders happening where I live, first time it was Zama

11 ( +11 / -0 )

No doubt it was about noise.

Or money. Or garbage. Or cooking odors. Or secondhand smoke. Or perceived disrespect. Or...

3 ( +8 / -5 )

Guy probably coughed too loud and made him snap. The problem with a lot apartments in Japan is that the walls are absolutely paper-thin, with no soundproofing at all. It's a little terrifying that after a while, you have your neighbor's routine down just by the sounds they make alone.

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Let me guess. Either the victim smoked constantly on the balcony and that pissed his neighbor off or he kept the tv on full volume all the time. That doesn’t warrant murder but if that was me, I’d probably just complain to the landlord.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

Whatever the case might have been, it is better to be cognizant of possible sources of friction and disapproval from our neighbors. While at the same time, being alert in our surroundings.

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The truth can only be told one way, but a like can be told many ways. Now that this guy says there was trouble and now he can't remember tells me he is lying!

Police said Sotoyama at first told them there had been trouble between himself and Kikuchi but later denied the charge and said he couldn’t remember what happened.

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