Police on Thursday arrested a man over the death of a pedestrian on a sidewalk in Konan Ward, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Wednesday night.
According to police, the suspect, a 26-year-old construction worker identified as Natsuhito Ito, was walking with three acquaintances after a drinking session. Ito's companions told police that he suddenly turned around and started kicking and punching a man who had been walking behind them in the Okubo area. Ito's friends tried to stop him but he shook them off and continued assaulting the victim on the ground, police said.
Although Ito went home after the attack, his friends remained at the scene and called an ambulance. The victim was taken to hospital, suffering a skull fracture. Doctors said he died Thursday morning, after 11 hours in intensive care. The cause of death was brain contusion.
Ito told police he was unacquainted to the victim, and that he simply felt like beating someone. "It didn't matter who," he was quoted as saying.© Japan Today