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Mother arrested over murder of 21-year-old disabled daughter

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Police in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, have arrested a 53-year-old woman on suspicion of killing her 21-year-old disabled daughter.

According to police, Michiko Yamaguchi has admitted to killing her daughter Kaoru by strangling her with an electric appliance cord as she slept at around 10 a.m. at their house on Wednesday, Sankei Shimbun reported.

Yamaguchi lived with her daughter and her son. When her son, who was away on Wednesday, returned home on Thursday morning, Yamaguchi told him what she had done. He then contacted police. Police went to the house and found Kaoru dead, lying on her futon.

Yamaguchi was quoted by police as saying that ever since her husband died last month, she had become distressed and worried about Kaoru’s future. She also told police that she wanted to die, too, but couldn't go through with it.

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Well, she won't have to worry about Kaoru's future any more. Her future may be somewhat different too.

If tempted to kill your kids, just call social services. They will take them off your hands.

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As I wrote before, if you never had had a handicapped relative to take care of, then you have no clue as to what to say about it. It is called empathy. Empathize with them.

23 ( +27 / -4 )

Agree 100% with ShinkansenCaboose comment....people who haven't experienced caring for a heavily disabled relative have no idea how taxing it is both mentally and physically. This case is tragic all around...

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@Shinkansen

I don’t have a disabled family member nor do I know what it takes to take care of one but I do know this; murdering one is never the answer.

10 ( +17 / -7 )

Why is it so easy and lightly taken to kill a relative in japan? am I mistaken ? I hear about murders and shootings every where else but NOT their own mothers, sisters, sons, daughters, husband, and brothers.

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And John is an expert in mental health. So easy to judge. Looking after an adult who is basically a baby has to be the hardest job any parent can do.

or for any adult who has to look after a parent.

24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every week of the year. No respite, and when your depressed rational thought is one of the first things to decline. Frustrated and maybe no gooey.

yes murder is wrong but I think you confuse cold blooded murder, gang murders, etc in the US, guns and equate it as the same here.

imagine cleaning up an adult, toileting, feeding, bathing, shopping, etc an adult. Many of the same disabled adults have even begged to be killed.

is euthanasia murder?

how about the death penalty?

The biggest question here is, WHY WASNT SHE GIVEN MORE HELP?

You/ we don’t know any of the details.

11 ( +14 / -3 )

All premeditated, so malice aforethought. It's a shame if the case was about the mother being at the end of her tether.

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As I wrote before, if you never had had a handicapped relative to take care of, then you have no clue as to what to say about it. It is called empathy. Empathize with them.

You are soliciting empathy for a person who murdered her daughter. How can anyone in their right mind empathize with that? I get that it’s exceedingly hard to have your life turned over to the constant care of another person. You don’t ask for that when you have a family. But it should go without saying that the actual victim in this scenario is the disabled child who was murdered. There are other ways out that are a whole lot less selfish than what Yamaguchi chose to do.

-7 ( +2 / -9 )

If you see someone in public with a disabled relative try saying hello or holding a door open. It may mean a lot to them.

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The article doesn't describe how disabled the daughter was. I have no idea how hard it is to care for a severely disabled adult. But, yeah, killing is never the answer.

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"It is called empathy. Empathize with them."

Actually, it's called sympathy if one has never been in the same situation and experienced it themselves. Empathy is when you have the same or very similar experience as the person you share the sorrow with.

Not having been in her shoes, I can't say murder or mercy killing was/wasn't the right answer, but it seems wrong to me, given other options.

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not knowing too many details or how the situation actually was and going off the above story,being a parent of a disabled child myself i have the utmost sympathy for this woman. i hope the authorities dont charge her or hold her to account for anything and give the help and support she needs after what she has done. and i pray that allaah makes things easy for her and her son.

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Sad story. I hope one day Japanese will learn to ask for help. It's a country where people still feels ashamed for certain situations. A country where too many people criticize everything behind your backs. Japan is a place where feeling part of the "society" is vital and feeling alone and abandoned in this cases is still too easy.

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"ask for help"

"I hope one day Japanese will learn to ask for help. It's a country where people still feels ashamed for certain situations."

" feeling alone and abandoned" where ignorance, denial, and controlled social templates are only accepted.

according to the archives of such certain circumstances in j-land, not so promising, even in more capable countries; rightly dividing the truth, and will get worse as expression of such is destroyed-temporarily.

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"she wanted to die, too, but couldn't go through with it.

that's when you know its getting bad.

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"Not having been in her shoes, I can't say murder or mercy killing was/wasn't the right answer, but it seems wrong to me, given other options."

One would wonder were social services, welfare services or counseling services, or any other support system minus the intermittently, antagonizing belligerent stones ever contacted prior, or was it deemed fruitless.

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This woman is, in all likelihood, still distraught over the death of her husband. A severely disabled daughter, through no fault of her own, would never understand that her mother needed space to grieve. Even the most giving of us will become embittered and resentful when our own needs are incessantly subordinated and suffocated. It does not matter how worthy the sacrifice is: one day you will just snap.

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Death of husband deprived this poor woman of emotional, financial and physical support. She came to realization she could not continue to care for her child nor could she put that burden on society. Now the child is free and mom suffers alone. She deserves our sympathy and compassion. Not 5 years in jail.

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The article says she was arrested for murder but then the article says she was arrested on suspicion of murder but then it says she admitted to the murder.

Its a tragedy and disturbing .

Rest in peace .

2 ( +2 / -0 )

It’s a sad story. Murder is wrong, but it’s difficult to imagine the stress and strain involved.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

My Gosh! I know what she feels for her daughter's future but why taking her life? She is just 53 strong and young she could take good care of her daughter. Hope what she did will haunt her forever.

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I have taken care of a stroke disabled person for many years alone.

It is a lot of work and strain both mentally and physically.

You have to make the disabled person as part of your and their life, take them everywhere so they are not left out.

There are some life changes both ways and accept them and not run from them.

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Don't we live in a society where we pay taxes, so that we can provide aid and assistance for people in these situations? It's sad when people feel they have to bring death upon themselves and/or their loved ones.

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