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3 arrested after 82-year-old man stabbed to death in Tokyo hotel

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Police on Saturday arrested a 24-year-old woman and two men aged 29 and 24 over the murder of an 82-year-old man who was found stabbed to death in a love hotel in Tokyo on Friday night.

The victim, Katsuzo Kono from Saitama City, was found in the 10th-floor hotel room in Ikebukuro at around 10 p.m., Fuji TV reported. Police said the man, whose body was nude, had been stabbed in the chest and thigh and was declared dead at the scene.

Police said Kono's wallet was empty. No knife was found in the room.

Kono checked in to the hotel with a woman at around 8:10 p.m. Surveillance camera footage showed the woman leaving the hotel about an hour later and meeting two men outside.

Police received a call at 9:45 p.m. from a public phone, in which a woman, who didn't give her name, said she had received a message on Line from a friend that something bad had happened at the hotel.

The hotel is located about 400 meters from JR Ikebukuro Station.

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Scenario: Woman organized to meet old man in love hotel for prostitution. Accomplices tell her to stab and rob him. She meets friends after killing and robbing him. They all go to Pachinko together to spend their haul.

8 ( +17 / -9 )

Although a different crime, this ‘appears’ as almost the same scenario from the murder of another 82-year-old earlier this week: “two men, one woman in her twenties.”

3 ( +9 / -6 )

I am really hoping all three scum are hung for this heinous crime. Killing an old man purely for money. Evil. They have no right to live.

Rest in Peace to the poor old man.

11 ( +18 / -7 )

People with no conscious will do anything to get $, this poor man just wanted to have a few good moments to revive his soul before he is gone and a scum take full advantage of his situation plus ends up killing him. RIP

9 ( +11 / -2 )

So sad why these young ppl became bad?

5 ( +8 / -3 )

People in Japan are getting awfully stabby these days. So many knife related crimes. It's a worrying trend.

10 ( +15 / -5 )

So sad why these young ppl became bad?

Most likely horrible families. And, because of nature or nurture, such criminals also can be remarkably stupid, almost lower animal intelligence. A love hotel obviously has plenty of surveillance cameras, among the other obvious ways they could have been caught. Aside from that, brutally murdering someone for a few man yen (split between 3 people even) - a major crime for a pittance that could have been stolen in any number of less violent ways.

There is no rehabilitation for such people, whatever potential they may have had as babies.

5 ( +11 / -6 )

Another disgusting cowardice crime.

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As I said last week, the crime in this country is becoming truly repulsive. Someone pointed out that statistics indicate Japan is becoming safer than it was a decade or two decades ago, yet somehow the nature of crime itself seems to have become worse. I will admit that I didn't follow stories like this in the past, but there is no shortage of them now. 

It's not petty crime like a wallet being stolen or someone being punched in the face. It's murder, dismembering, torching, mutilating, child abuse and all kinds of other far more sinister, vicious incidents. And it's the lack of petty crime in the background that makes things like this all the more noticeable. Some of the stories I've read over the past year in particular are so brutal that even people in America or the UK might find them disturbing, the suitcase with body parts from a few days ago being one such prime example.

The murder rate, the most serious offense out there, has been declining in Japan since 1990

https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/VC.IHR.PSRC.P5?locations=JP

And there were equally grizzly murders happening in the past, the fact that you personally are reading more stories about them now does not in itself mean there are more of them occurring.

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Police on Saturday arrested a 24-year-old woman and two men aged 29 and 24 over the murder of an 82-year-old man who was found stabbed to death in a love hotel in Tokyo on Friday night.

The trend is right in front of your eye's.

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

The trend is right in front of your eye's.

An anecdote is not a trend. Though the worsening economy will certainly bring an increase in crime, let's stick to actual stats and not speculate based on a few newspaper stories. Japan is a relatively safe place, but there have always been some exceptionally brutal cases of murder and violence. As there are in other countries. I think they stand out here because people expect it less.

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It seems the stabbing was done by her, as she was the only one in the hotel room.

It is a terrible crime, but if I think about all the various ways to die, being stabbed by nubile 24 year old in a love hotel at age 82 is maybe not the worst.

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Foreigner In Tokyo

As I said last week, the crime in this country is becoming truly repulsive.

Isnt every country in the world, if you base your opinion on newspaper headlines'?

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I assuming only the woman will be convicted of murder. The men will be charged as accomplices for not reporting the crime and helping the woman flee.

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Crazy. I can’t understand (and there is no logical explanation I presume) as to why people kill like this.

RIP old guy… it is very sad his life didn’t have a happy ending.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

No respect for the elderly from this generation of thugs. Take the money but to kill this man was truly insane. They should be prosecuted and sent to an old folk's home where the residents can proceed with 1000 cuts

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I am impressed by the quick roundup by the Police. From 10pm Friday to arresting the suspects on Saturday, with likely only having video of the woman at the hotel to go by. (Maybe the Police all know her very well!)

Note that this story doesn't say anyone has confessed. If the young woman is clever, she may say that he attempted to sexually assault her (or demanded services she wasn't providing) and she was defending herself from him. Assuming no one else was present, and there were no yakuza hidden-porn cams in the room that the Police could review, she's the only one who knows what actually happened.

Everyone else who assumes it was a murder-robbery is leaping to conclusions. He may not have brought any money in his wallet and would have paid the hotel by credit card or PayPay or Applepay. If she was a trick, she may have received his cash before even entering the premises.

I will wait for the update when the Japanese Police announce the results of their long interrogations before feeling certain what occurred... well, I'm not even sure I am certain after the JPs obtain a confession after long interrogations. Please, JT, flag this one for a follow-up!

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Ikebukuro never changes...

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Salafist

If she was a trick, she may have received his cash before even entering the premises.

Well, with the age difference it is pretty safe to assume this was not wild love without any monetary factors. And usually cash transfer happens inside the premises.

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@commanteer

Murder after Murder, there is always someone stating that Japan is a safe country no matter what.

-8 ( +2 / -10 )

This has got Yakuza written all over it.

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Scenario: Woman organized to meet old man in love hotel for prostitution. Accomplices tell her to stab and rob him. She meets friends after killing and robbing him. They all go to Pachinko together to spend their haul.

Go Gadget Go !!..

Murder after Murder, there is always someone stating that Japan is a safe country no matter what.

Because it's really very safe, compare it with other "developed" countries and you'll see..

Now, that you don't like Japan is a different thing...

More facts and less feelings..

Ikebukuro never changes...

Still better than your home neighborhood Lol..

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letsberealistic

This has got Yakuza written all over it.

Where??

0 ( +0 / -0 )

No need to write the victim's name.

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The lady i must say if she had BRAINS she would be dangerous!! That was the dumbest thing to do. Show up in a hotel full of cameras, stab and murder the man empty his wallet, meet up with 2 guys and then call the police saying "she had received a message on Line from a friend that something bad had happened at the hotel". I hope she has that message from the friend or else she is toast!

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