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Mother arrested on suspicion of killing 48-year-old daughter

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Police in Asaka, Saitama Prefecture, have arrested a 72-year-old woman on suspicion of killing her 48-year-old daughter.

According to police, Taeko Katsumata called 110 at around 9:15 a.m. Sunday and said she had strangled her daughter Tomoko.

Police rushed to the house and found Tomoko lying on her back in her bedroom. Her mother was quoted as saying she used a cord to strangle her.

Katsumata and her daughter lived by themselves, police said. She told police she was worried that if she died before Tomoko, her daughter wouldn’t be able to manage by herself. She also said she had planned to kill herself but couldn't go through with it.

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The mother made a decision for her adult daughter instead of letting the adult daughter try to take care of herself. Repugnant.

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Quick to react eh? There's no way to know the story behind the story, was her daughter a hikikomori, a parasite single, an abusive daughter, was she mentally handicapped, what was the relation between them.. I just can imagine that the mother wakes up one day and thinks "mmm let's kill my daughter in case I die today".

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Something inherently wrong with the Japanese family psyche

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Quick to react eh? There's no way to know the story behind the story, was her daughter a hikikomori, a parasite single, an abusive daughter, was she mentally handicapped, what was the relation between them.. I just can imagine that the mother wakes up one day and thinks "mmm let's kill my daughter in case I die today".

None of this matters with regard to the fact that the mother removed the daughter's ability to try to make it in her own.

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The irony is that if someone asked the mother how she was she would probably answer that she was fine.

Japanese is fully of people on the edge.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

If the daughter is disabled, then she would not cope by herself, and would be put into a facility which, since any money she is left won't last long, will be a shoddy one. The ageing mother was right to be very concerned about what will happen to her daughter after she dies. It is shocking that this was the only solution she could find.

I see elderly parents taking care of their adult children every day, as I work near a day center. It must be terrifying for parents to contemplate what will happen to those they have loved and cared for and struggled with, all their lives, when the parent is no longer able to.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

"Japanese(sic) is fully (sic) of people on the edge." So is every other country. What's your point?

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If the daughter is disabled, then she would not cope by herself, and would be put into a facility which, since any money she is left won't last long, will be a shoddy one. The ageing mother was right to be very concerned about what will happen to her daughter after she dies

There is zero indication the daughter is disabled.

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There is zero indication the daughter is disabled.

I disagree. The facts are not all in the article however, so I don't know for sure. However, there is a strong indication in the last paragraph:

She told police she was worried that if she died before Tomoko, her daughter wouldn’t be able to manage by herself. 

This suggests that the daughter requires care.

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