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Man commits suicide after killing ex-girlfriend

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A 34-year-old man committed suicide by jumping from an apartment building after killing his 38-year-old former girlfriend in Tokyo on Sunday.

According to police, the body of Asami Noguchi was found by her younger brother who had come to visit at her apartment in Nakano Ward at around 10 a.m., Fuji TV reported. Noguchi was bleeding from several knife wounds. Her brother called 110 and Noguchi was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Earlier, at around 6 a.m., the body of Noguchi's former boyfriend was found on the grounds of an apartment building about two kilometers away. Police said he had apparently jumped from the 7th floor and he was declared dead at the scene.

Police said footage from a street surveillance camera outside Noguchi’s apartment building showed the man arriving in a rental car at around 3:30 a.m. Police said it appeared the man gained entrance to Noguchi's second-floor apartment by the balcony. The surveillance camera footage showed him leaving the area at 4 a.m. The rental car was left parked outside the apartment building from where he jumped. A bloodied knife was found in the car.

Police said Noguchi and the man had met when they worked together in a pastry store and had been in a relationship since 2016. However, he was arrested in August last year for assaulting her in May and July but the matter was settled out of court. In November, he showed up at the confectionery store where Noguchi worked, prompting her to consult with police who issued a verbal warning to the man to stay away from her.

After that incident, police checked with Noguchi each month until April when she told them she had heard nothing from the man who was working at another confectionery store.

Early on Sunday, the man posted a message on Instagram saying that he was thinking about committing suicide, and blaming Noguchi.

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Poor woman, RIP. this poor woman was attacked and was left bleeding for about 6 hours its a shame she didn't have a mobile phone or could gain access to one, it might have saved her life.

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This is a classic case of crime of passion. Shame nobody noticed the red flag on the Instagram.

-6 ( +2 / -8 )

unfortunately, he got the order wrong

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Take notice anyone thinking that verbal warnings and restraining orders prevent crime.

5 ( +8 / -3 )

I feel sorry for the woman, dead due to no fault of hers.

I dont know what the police could have done here, they did follow up with her till the threat seemed over.

The Instagram post was a warning but wonder if anyone saw it in time!!

3 ( +5 / -2 )

This is just sad. Verbal warnings never really works when it comes to domestic violence. Much more could have been done to prevent this. My condolences to her family.

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Violent men don’t accept rejection from a woman. Verbal warnings do not stop them, court orders do not stop them. Locking them up is the only way to protect the victim.

10 ( +12 / -2 )

Too bad he wasn't able to find another way to get the monkey off his back. "Love" can be a very violent affair for primates. Tragic for both and their loved ones.

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

This is a case where everything was done correctly, even by the police and it still ended tragically.

4 ( +7 / -3 )

Feel sorry for the woman. Stalking should be taken more seriously. Any man who stake should be subject to a minimum of sixty years in prison with no chance of parole with the alternative of a firing squad. It is time for the good individuals to take back this universe from the evil individuals.

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@timeon

You beat me to it. Kill yourself first, moron.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Don't romanticize violence. This wasn't love, this wasn't a "crime of passion", it's yet another man unable to accept responsibility for his violence, and unable to accept rejection or understand that a woman didn't want to put up with his violence.

So he killed her. He killed her because he was a violent man who thought he should get what he wanted. This man was not provoked to violence, he chose to be violent.

He may well have been mentally ill, but lots of people live with mental illnesses and manage not to kill.

Anyone who believes victims of domestic abuse deserve it, needs to get therapy, because you are excusing, condoning unwarranted violence.

How many women are killed by a violent partner or ex-partner every year in Japan?

It's more than one a week in Australia, and about one a week in the UK.The US, with its easy access to guns, is bound to be higher, but I haven't looked up the latest stats.

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This is a case where everything was done correctly, even by the police and it still ended tragically.

Had things been done correctly, the perp would have been arrested and jailed.

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Had things been done correctly, the perp would have been arrested and jailed.

How? He was already dead when they found her.

Or are you saying he should have been arrested before he'd committed the crime? Are we promoting thought police now? I thought the right figured wearing a mask was an affront to freedom, now you're saying people should be arrested even when they've committed a crime. Now you're promoting extrajudicial imprisonment?

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 However, he was arrested in August last year for assaulting her in May and July but the matter was settled out of court. 

Had he been jailed at this point things may have turned out better.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

She settled with him out of court. What should the police have jailed him for?

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harry gatto

Had he been jailed at this point things may have turned out better.

So you want to punish people for crimes they commit in the future? I think there was Hollywood movie with that theme.... luckily that is not reality.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Domestic violence, rape... same deal in Japan. A man might be arrested, but the chances of him being convicted are very slim. Lawyers strongly encourage the victims to take a bit of cash and hit the road.

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@DrMaybe

What is your point here? He jumped to death from the roof, so feel free to arrest and convict him at anytime. He will not resist or run away....lol

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This is a society that prizes taciturn stoicism and sublimating one’s grievances and yet at the same time tolerates, even encourages, us to accept quarantining emotional and irrational behaviours from inspection which might ameliorate the negatives. Indeed, emotionality and illogicality are one of Japan’s defining characteristics and seen in few other places to the same extent. In the berserker tradition, however, when the last protective seal blows, hitherto seemingly mild mannered types are capable of utter mayhem.

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This is a classic case of crime of passion. Shame nobody noticed the red flag on the Instagram.

It appears very much premeditated to me.

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However, he was arrested in August last year for assaulting her in May and July but the matter was settled out of court. In November, he showed up at the confectionery store where Noguchi worked, prompting her to consult with police who issued a verbal warning to the man to stay away from her.

Incompetence. When someone commits a crime in English-speaking countries, they are harming society and prosecuted as such, so they cannot avoid prosecution by agreeing to pay the victim.

The police also have digital records they can search when receiving a complaint to determine if the alleged perpetrator had previously committed a crime. This then informs the reaction by the police. I’m this case, it wouldn’t have merely been a verbal warning.

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After that incident, police checked with Noguchi each month until April when she told them she had heard nothing from the man who was working at another confectionery store.

usually I'm very critical of police in stalking cases but they did their job here. personally, I don't think there was anything else they could have done.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

She settled with him out of court. What should the police have jailed him for?

Does this not offer you a clue?

However, he was arrested in August last year for assaulting her in May and July..........

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This wasn't love

Yes it was. It just wasn't mutual. You just confuse people when you tell them what they feel in their own heart is not love because its not returned, but the exact same feeling is love when it is. Returned or not, IT IS LOVE, but we must all be aware that when its not returned we have to swallow it. We all have to realize our love is our own to keep even if it means loving in loneliness. People cannot do that so well if you confuse them by telling them they are confused about their own love, when they are not confused about that at all.

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MariaAug. 31  09:38 pm JST

Don't romanticize violence. This wasn't love, this wasn't a "crime of passion", it's yet another man unable to accept responsibility for his violence, and unable to accept rejection or understand that a woman didn't want to put up with his violence.

So he killed her. He killed her because he was a violent man who thought he should get what he wanted. This man was not provoked to violence, he chose to be violent.

He may well have been mentally ill, but lots of people live with mental illnesses and manage not to kill.

This guy's problem was ego. He wanted somebody to control, a 'punching bag' that he could take his self-inadequacies and self doubts on. He felt it made him a man but he wasn't one. And if the law acted in time he would've shown them what a cowardly ninny he really was. Woman beaters are really sissies who take their frustrations out somebody they think will take it.

This woman wasn't going to take any more crap from that egotistical immature fool so he murdered her first then killed himself because he was too cowardly to face justice and take his medicine.

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Some people may have the order wrong.

He might not have been violent and then acted violently after being rejected. Maybe he was rejected and then became violent. They had been together 3 or 4 years. When he lost her, he just couldn’t handle it. Sorry for both. Very sad.

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Terrible story for sure, looks like it would have been difficult to prevent, we dont know enough about why the first incident got dropped....I also agree people should NOT be able to pay $$$ to get out of jail but for some weird reason it is a THING in Japan

Feel sorry for the woman. Stalking should be taken more seriously. Any man who stake should be subject to a minimum of sixty years in prison with no chance of parole with the alternative of a firing squad. It is time for the good individuals to take back this universe from the evil individuals.

Would you do the same if a woman stalked & murdered someone........

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

"Verbal warning" pfff.

As if nutters take them seriously...

Why do we even bother with the police.

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