Man suspected of killing woman in apartment above him had trouble with another tenant over noise


A 48-year-old man who is suspected of killing a 21-year-old university student in her apartment and then killing himself by setting fire to his own apartment one floor below in Daito, Osaka Prefecture, last Wednesday, had trouble before with another tenant about noise, according to police.

Police said the suspected killer, a company employee, had arguments with a former tenant about noise he was making in the next-door apartment and banged on his wall several times between March and April, Fuji TV reported. Police said their investigation so far into the murder of university student Momona Yoshioka has not revealed anything to suggest there was a noise dispute between her and her suspected killer. Yoshioka was a fourth-year private university student and lived alone in her apartment.

At around 6:50 a.m. last Wednesday, another tenant in the building called 110 to report hearing a woman screaming. Yoshioka was found collapsed and bleeding inside her apartment. Police said she had several wounds inflicted on her head and was lying face down beside her bed. The bedroom was covered in blood, and a blood-stained crowbar was on the floor. Yoshioka was taken to hospital where she was declared dead.

Police also detected the smell of oil coming from the apartment directly below her where they discovered a fire had destroyed much of the apartment. The man who lived there was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police suspect the man murdered killed Yoshioka and then returned to his apartment which he torched.

An emergency ladder was found connecting the balconies of the suspect’s second-floor apartment and Yoshioka’s on the third floor.

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Terrifying last moments for the deceased and tragic for her family.

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Well, the walls and ceilings are so thin you can hear your neighbor sneeze. Should of expected that before he moved in.

7 ( +10 / -3 )

My neighbors came to threaten us over walking too loudly. But I am big so they backed off.

in the end we moved house. No stabbings.

12 ( +13 / -1 )

Well, the walls and ceilings are so thin you can hear your neighbor sneeze. Should of expected that before he moved in.

You are expecting an unstable whack job to be reasonable...?

6 ( +6 / -0 )

So sad for her. In most apartments, there is no way to settle noise disputes other than by calling the police, who probably don't want to get involved. I have been screamed at for noise by my neighbor in a previous apartment. Fortunately, I could move to a place with better sound-proofing. But most people, like the victim here (I assume), are unable do this. Perhaps it is best to build apartment buildings with proper insulation to prevent noise complaints.

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I had noise problems in every apartment I ever lived in Japan until I moved to a detached house. A big problem is the attitude that once inside I can do what I want. I had an upstairs neighbor vacuuming past midnight, a next door apartment always playing loud music, etc.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Millions of empty houses around the country. Apartment living is a good solution on many levels, but you get built-in problems like noise, lack of freedom, space, storage and greenery, and the danger of someone else’s fire too. Been there, done that.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Right now, they're making a lot of noise next door. Doesn't help that some of the apartments here are being used company offices. Moving stuff around and even singing. The previous person also used to do karaoke way past midnight. Previous to that was pure bliss when the apartment was unoccupied for a while.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

All I can say about you guys complaining about the noise is that you must be living in hovels like LeoPalace.

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Monster neighbors are real in Japan. I had a woman living underneath me who would attack the her ceiling with a broom if I made the slightest but if noise. She called the police one time because I flushed the toilet at 1am. I’m not kidding! Be very wary of your neighbors. There are some real nutcases out there.

10 ( +10 / -0 )

So he bludgened her in the night because he though she was noisy? Wow.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Yep: Darius

Well, the walls and ceilings are so thin , and the floors are 3rd world thickness where sound passes easily through.

Next: Monster neighbors are real in Japan. and us non-js have little recourse, cause in my case the ancient wingnut property mgr, sided with the nutcracks, and the klondikes as well. I moved down the hall and the mgr. and monsters put my new location on their J-wire, and the new nutcrack above started doing the same noise game. I wanted to go up and ??? you know, but this is Japan, did not want to go out like the "Tayl0rs" so had to regroup, rethink etc.

Before you move in case the area and the neighbors....look for wingnuts and the like, do your own little entac for anti ??? sympatizers.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

So sad

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Condolence to the girl. This probably would've ended more peacefully if they'd just talked it over or called the authorities instead. I thankfully never had a dispute with neighbors except for someone smoking at a balcony next to mine, but that can be easily avoided. I wouldn't mind living in a rickety old house in the countryside where neighbors are more than a stone's throw away than living in an apartment in a major city where neighbors could complain at a pin drop of noise.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Why didn't he burn his place down first?

10 ( +10 / -0 )

Yeah, that noise complaint really puts the other events in context, eh? A real slippery slope, noise complaints...

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Why nobody goes to check what’s going on when you hear somebody screaming!?

Do we have to wait until somebody is beat to death?? If somebody interrupted she might have been injured but would be alive. It might be risky but what if that happened to someone in their family? Would you wait for the police to arrive?

What an apathetic approach.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

"Why nobody goes to check what’s going on when you hear somebody screaming!?"

best not get involved, cause the nabs, will try to hem u up for for getting involved in it. Many nons would aver to this.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Men can go insane from sleep deprivation. Also if he is living in the same apartment building as college students he may not have a lot of money to move. Maybe in this case he would have been better off living with mother.

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It is an issue that exists in all apartments worldwide.

Check the building management rules and regulations and try to have them mediate.

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