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Man sentenced to death for murders of two elderly people in Gunma

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The Maebashi District Court in Gunma Prefecture on Wednesday sentenced a 27-year-old man to death for the murders of two elderly citizens in November and December 2014.

The court heard that Kazuya Tsuchiya broke into the home of Tanekichi Kawaura, 81, and his 80-year-old wife, on Dec 16, 2014, and stabbed them, Fuji TV reported. Tanekichi died of his wounds later, while his wife sustained minor injuries.

Tsuchiya also fatally stabbed Yoshie Kojima, 93, at her home in the same area in November. He stole 5,000 yen and some food from Kojima's home.

Tsuchiya was arrested on Dec 23, 2014, after breaking into a ramen restaurant. He admitted to both crimes and told police he desperately needed money.

At the time of his arrest, Tsuchiya only had 100 yen on him and the gas and electricity to his apartment had been disconnected as he hadn't paid his bills in months, police said.

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How Japanese judges come up with sentences will always be beyond me. An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.

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How Japanese judges come up with sentences will always be beyond me

If Tsuchiya had employed the poor dears and kicked them to death, he might have got a suspended sentence.

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Let us all be blind then! It's capital murder to commit murder with aggravating circumstances, in this case robbery. Some people are deserving of this harsh sentence.

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guess the judges "felt like killing someone" talk about karma.

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An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.

The world isn't exactly seeing clearly at the moment. Many innocents being killed by terrorism, police, war. Most dying horrible deaths. At least this killer will die painlessly.

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At least this killer will die painlessly.

the short drop and dangle time until a person is dead on a young human would I'd imagine be longer than that of an older food rationed human that has spent years waiting & wishing for their day to arrive.

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Wow what evil! He not only robs the elderly (who being in their 80s and 90s probably could not fight back) but also needlessly stabs them and kills them? He robbed the old woman of her husband in their twilight years and murdered two people. He deserves to die!

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How Japanese judges come up with sentences will always be beyond me.

Do you have some reason for believing that sentences handed out by Japanese judges are more capricious than those given out by judges of other nationalities or ethnicity?

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the short drop and dangle time until a person is dead on a young human would I'd imagine be longer than that of an older food rationed human that has spent years waiting & wishing for their day to arrive.

Young or old, someone has no rights for robbing and murdering vulnerable people especially frail elderly. During the Stone Age, strong survive and weak and old were butchered for cruel, violent and selfish young men food.

Thanks God for Japan is no longer in Stone Age. Justice should be prevailed for protecting more victims. If someone had intentionally and violently murdered many innocent people, he or she is well deserved for capital punishment as terrorist.

It is not an eyes for eyes. Deterrence for copy cat crimes. During Edo era, those criminals were beheaded in front of public.

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@ Bull

Smithsinjapan put it best with.

I've already explained it; they have two giant bell jars; one with verdicts, one with punishments (and a third, smaller one filled with only "suspended sentence" for politicians and celebrities). Hence, rape gets you 2.5 years, murder about three or four, theft of a ten yen coin gets you ten years, years of stimulant abuse and gambling gets you a fine and suspended sentence, on marijuana joint gets you ten years, causing a nuclear disaster gets you a suspended sentence, and creating a puff of smoke that harms no one gets you 4 years, like here.

Classic response, love it.

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At least the Japanese Judicial System has it right. "A eye for a eye", it is unfortunate the rest of the World does not see it the same way!

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Young or old, someone has no rights for robbing and murdering vulnerable people especially frail elderly.

my comment was, my imagined opinion . I have no interest on what happened in the stone age ... anyway I'll give you a thumb up for trying your best to engage me.

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My comment was more about the lack of consistency with japanese sentences.

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If for some reason I had only 100 yen in my pocket and no food, and I was really down on my luck, I would simply go into a food store and ask them if they had any out of date food that they could give me, before they threw it in the bin, i would also sit in the street and beg, with sign saying no food, no money, please help! I would not brake into some ones house and kill them, its just so wrong, if I was the desperate i would ask every food out let, can i sweep your floors or wash dishes in exchange for 1 money or 2 food? this guy must have been very desperate, but killing someone is not the answer.

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@Brian W

You were raised with a level of logic integrity and constraint. Where this nut bar was not.

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He is a coward who may have wanted to die himself and choose to kill others to bring his wish about.

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I have just arrived in Japan and this caught me by surprise that this would happen here. Is there not charity organizations churches or temples this individual could have gone to? I wonder if they are not revealing he was addicted to some drug as well.

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@James Campbell You truly are just off the boat. Public assistance and counseling??? IN Japan?? Lol

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@ James Campbell

Run while you still can ;o)

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