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Man fatally stabs wife, son; then tries to kill himself in Saitama

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Two people were found dead in their house in Kawagoe City, Saitama Prefecture, on Wednesday night, police said Thursday. Kinue Fukushima, 53, and her son Masahiro, 27, were found dead with stab wounds to their neck, around 9:20 p.m., after the woman's husband Tadashi, 57, called police, saying he had killed them.

Tadashi was found bleeding on the kitchen floor, after having cut his wrists, police said. He was taken to hospital and his condition is not life-threatening, they said.

Police said they found a note apparently written by Tadashi in which he referred to his daily struggle in looking after his sick wife.

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.........sigh

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Worst thing is that people keep reading these and are just getting slowly more indifferent to them as they read them all the time. Another day, another murder/(attempted suicide)

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Another addition to the stabby summer season. Where are we at now? 80+ stabbings? Think I'd rather be shot than cut up....urgghhh.

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scary.. I live in Saitama my neighbor might be next..knock on wood.

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Good morning, and now the latest stab results from Stab Central, aka Saitama.

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I'm get to say this before someone; guess what another murder in.... Saitama.

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aww, I wasn't first but I like the other comment better:)

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The Japanese family unit,once the envy of the world, is disintigrating!!!!!!!!!!!!

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When was the Japanese family unit ever the envy of the world??

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thepro, only in the minds of the Japanese themselves has their family unit been the envy of the world.

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Oh, Saitama. It's the dead-center of Japan!

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This guys is skilled enough to kill his wife and kid, but fails to follow through when he cuts his own wrist? WTF? Why did he call police if he wanted to off himself? Or did he decide to do that after he called police? doesn't sound like he altogehter planned this out very well...

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When I look down the list of murders on the JT Crime page, I see cases from Tokyo, Niigata, and Okayama, too, so it's not like Saitama is the murder capital of Japan. Also, with just under 7 million people, Saitama is the fifth biggest prefecture in Japan in terms of population, coming after Tokyo, Osaka, Kanagawa (Yokohama), and Aichi (Nagoya), so it's bound to see a fair amount of murder and mayhem.

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'THERE'S THE RUB: WHAT ECONOMY?' For this man there was the end of the line, we couldn't blame him,in fact he shouldn't kill her. This is more like 'mercy killing.' Will he be also receiving 'capital punishemnt? The lawmaker will be hppy to hang one more, if he will still be in power for that long.

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Saitama in the news again...

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apparently written by Tadashi in which he referred to his daily struggle in looking after his sick wife

Then why did he kill his son??

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Does seem like society is on a knife-edge at the moment in Japan, with people flipping every day.

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Then why did he kill his son??

One might think that if the son had been more of a help, it would not have come to this, no? Maybe revenge for not helping.

But when people go murderous, they don't need reasons to kill. Anyone will do, the closer the better.

--Cirroc

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dennisObauer:

Yeah, What did the son do to deserve to get wacked? Call the cops and make some perfunctory cuts on your wrists (not life threatening) and you beat a murder-one rap. Either that or tell the cops you were drunk when you did it, that works too.

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You know Saitama Prefecture expanded within the past 10 years or so. I think the old smaller, "original" Saitama Prefecture had a bit better of a reputation, and some parts of Saitama are still respectable. But I suspect that the expansion of the Prefecture into surrounding areas might be the place s these wacko's are living. I could be wrong? It should be looked into and reported on. Where in Saitama, which part of Saitama? This time its Kawagoe City. Anyone know about this area? Is it as bad as say Akabane, the land of love hotels or Jujo, the name itself gives me the creeps somehow, though its located right next to Ikebukuro? I remember once meeting a 20-something American telling me that he just bought a house in Kawaguchi City, that's one of the worst parts of Saitama, if I recall. Anyone living there say different?

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What to say........absolutely nothing. I think all the usual comments come out especially when the incident is form Saitama.

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Three years ago my wife was given less than two years to live. She's still alive. I have been housebounb, caring for her. It's a 24/7 job. I have never once thought of killing her. We've been married 44 years. This couple must have been together at least 28 years. What in hell could have possessed this man to murder his wife, not to mention a 27 year old son?

Fortunately there are some great people here; hospice ladies do our grocery shopping most of the time. Neighbors have cut my grass for the past two summers. I'm doing everything I can to keep my wife out of a nursing home. I can't imagine life without her. She was born, prematurely, in Maebashi 82 years ago and has outlived her family. This world has gone to hell.

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Kjunluc2- I am wishing the peace and future happiness to your wife and yourself.

It is indeed good, that others have good spirit to assist you in these times. The man who killed his wifa and son should be executed speedily, he has no excuse for him bahaviour.

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Very best wishes to you and your wife, kjunluc2. Glad to hear that you've been receiving the support of your community - I know that not everyone is so fortunate. Doesn't justify murder, though (and why kill the son too?!)

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Three years ago my wife was given less than two years to live. She's still alive. I have been housebounb, caring for her.

kjunluc,

Some Saturdays I eat breakfast at a local diner. There's a table of old timers, a men's group, except one man brings his wife. She appears to have had a stroke. It's clear her condition hasn't affected the bond between them which is still quite strong. He will turn to to her in the middle of a story and say, "Now don't look at me like that!" At the end of the meal he wheels her out and they head off into the day. There's no sense of self-pity or any inkling he's asking himself, "why did I get stuck with this burden?"

If only it could be like that for everyone. But in the case of a man who kills both his wife and his adult son there's probably more going on. It's like asking, "Why didn't Scott Peterson suffer the social censure and just get a divorce?" Because he's a sociopath. Few people in the "normal range" snap and commit murder.

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Few people in the "normal range" snap and commit murder.

Some circular reasoning going on there, Betz. I think we all might be surprised at how normal some killers are.

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I think you mean "outwardly normal." That would be Scott Peterson. Many people wondered why he just didn't get a divorce with some speculating he realized he couldn't afford it and pursue the lifestyle he wanted. There's no evidence he ever crunched the numbers to arrive at that conclusion, however. Nope, he wanted out and killed his wife and unborn child with no apparent remorse.

The police pretty quickly come to accept that such individuals can pass themselves as no different from anybody else until they tire of what they have and show their true colors. There's not enough information in this news item to reach any judgment on what happened here.

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