A 38-year-old man went on trial Friday, charged with kicking a fellow diner to death in a fight over seats at a ramen shop last year.
In the opening session of his trial at the Tokyo District Court, Shinichiro Imanishi pleaded guilty to fatally assaulting Hisao Kitajima, 49, in the restaurant in Tokyo's Kita Ward on Sept 27.
The court heard that Imanishi, who weighed 120 kilograms, threw Kitajima to the floor and kicked and stomped on him, before calmly returning to his meal. Kitajima fell into a coma and died of his injuries two days later.
The trouble erupted when Kitajima pulled at a chair which Imanishi was using to rest his foot on.
Imanishi, who was arrested shortly after the incident, explained to fellow diners that he might as well eat his meal, reportedly saying: "I will go to jail for sure. This will be my last supper."© Japan Today/AFP