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Mother of Romanian murder suspect apologizes

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The mother of a 17-year-old Romanian boy who was arrested Friday over the murder of a 22-year-old woman in Kichijoji has apologized for her son's actions.

The mother of the boy, who cannot be named because he is a minor, said in a statement to media: "When I think of that girl's parents, my heart aches. I am lost for words." She added that her son had not been home for several days.

The victim, Arisa Yamada, had moved to Tokyo from Aomori Prefecture only recently to become a beautician. She was working nights at a restaurant to pay for her college tuition. She was attacked about 500 meters from JR Kichijoji Station in Musashino just before 2 a.m. on Thursday. She had just left a convenience store and was on her way home from work. Witnesses say they saw two young men follow her from the convenience store.

Police said that Yamada was stabbed twice in the back and her left wrist was also cut. She was taken to hospital, but died due to loss of blood. Her handbag was found empty about 200 meters away.

The Romanian boy was detained at about 5 a.m. Thursday and formally charged with robbery and murder on Friday after a DNA test showed that blood found on one of his gloves matched Yamada's.

According to a Fuji TV report on Saturday, the boy told police that he and an 18-year-old Japanese acquaintance had run out of money at a local games arcade and decided to buy some gloves and a knife to rob a passer-by in Musashino. He said they chose Yamada at random.

Police quoted the boy as saying they both stabbed the victim and then fled in opposite directions. When asked about his acquaintance, who is still at large, the boy told officers that the pair were not close friends and that he didn't know his surname.

Witnesses were quoted by police as saying they had often seen the two boys hanging out at manga and Internet cafes near Kichijoji Station, Fuji reported.

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What is the deal with this kid? So his parents work and live here, and he is here on their visa or what? Does he go to school, etc. I would like to know a bit more about his situation. Did he fall through the cracks. Parents here working but can't speak the language, so he is just floating along?

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the boy told police that he and an 18-year-old Japanese acquaintance had run out of money at a local games arcade and decided to buy some gloves and a knife to rob a passer-by

Perhaps the money you spent on the gloves and knife should have been used to play games, and then when that ran out ...... Oh, I don't know, go home like any normal non-delinquent teen would have. Selfish immoral scum, a product of the instant gratification generation ...... at least shop your bosuzoku 'friend' NOW !

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She raised a monster.

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I feel for the 18 year old friend, the poor guy must be super nervous about getting pinched right now. He might end up killing himself.

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@Anthony J Bambari

"He might end up killing himself."

That would save a lot of tax payers' money.

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How strange that these two would think that stabbing someone with a knife would not kill that person. Just snatching the persons bag and making a run for it might be a better way with less penalty if they would be caught. Dangerous kids today.

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I'm at a total loss!!! The parents of the girl must be beside themselves with grief at such an unexpected loss and absolute waste of their daughters life. The total disregard displayed by the two youths for this poor girls life is incomprehensible to me. Surely no normally wired person could do such a thing to some poor innocent girl walking home. I can say that if I had seen it happen and managed to get hold of one of them I would be the one behind bars and happily so. Tragic beyond the Nth degree and inexcusable even if he is still a minor. My sincerest condolences to the family, but know that nothing will ever fill that void in their hearts.

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It's like everytime I look at the Japanese paper, it's another knife related killing!

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They should stop selling knives after a certain time though especially to teenagers. Nobody found it suspicious that 2 teenagers were buying a long knife after hours?

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Anthony J BambariMar. 02, 2013 - 04:37PM JST

I feel for the 18 year old friend, the poor guy must be super nervous about getting pinched right now. He might end up killing himself.

That's a very odd comment Anthony !!!! Not quite sure how you could "feel for the 18 year old friend". If what the Romanian lad is saying is true, this lowlife wasn't at all nervous when he conspired to rob a helpless female in the middle of the night and plunge a knife into her back as well as slashing her on the wrist. He Was probably quite bravado about it at the time. I truly hope he is nervous right now, he fully deserves to be.

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I have a daughter near that age, I couldn't possibly fathom losing her to such a senseless act of violence. My heart goes out to her parents who must be devastated by this after seeing her off to pursue her own life. Im Sure if these boys were seen hanging out in the area the multitude of cameras I'm the area will help catch the other individual that took part in this. The question is what motivated them to stab this girl??? Just waiving around the knife would have been sufficient one would think. There's more to this story than the need for money.

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@Jack Stern

How strange that these two would think that stabbing someone with a knife would not kill that person. Just snatching the persons bag and making a run for it might be a better way with less penalty if they would be caught. Dangerous kids today.

I blame trashy movies and video games.

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A lot of apologizing just to receive a lighter sentence. Seems minors are apt to murder since they know that they'll be out soon. Knowing that most criminals are repeat offenders, a harsher punishment should be applied. Killing a young lady who had a dream and working hard to fulfill that dream is a very abominable act. I hope they get the same too.

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So, have they found the other boy or he is on the run?

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KonstaMar. 02, 2013 - 10:42PM JST So, have they found the other boy or he is on the run?

Konsta, it's in the article. You should read it, it's really not that long.

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TandoorinachoMar. 02, 2013 - 10:56PM JST ... Konsta, it's in the article. You should read it, it's really not that long.

Missed it. Happens. Thank you for your kind reply.

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a close family and a strong community is a real schooling for the kids which certainly lacking in japan, in a strong community the people communicate often and the children learn what is right and what is wrong and where is the red line for certain matters. every day you see bullying for fun, suicide on minor issues and unfortunate incidents like this one. no communication or less communication creates distance among human beings, which creates doubts and fears

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The Romanian boy was detained at about 5 a.m. Thursday and formally charged with robbery and murder on Friday after a DNA test showed that blood found on one of his gloves matched Yamada’s. -

Ok while the guy arrested evidently has admitted to the crime, I am amazed, REALLY amazed that the DNA test came back so quickly. The cops had to take a sample from the victim and the perp and the results came back in less than 24 hours? Wow!

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Anthony J Bambari:

" I feel for the 18 year old friend, the poor guy must be super nervous about getting pinched right now. "

I assume that was a hamfisted attempt at sarcasm. If not, I am speechless.

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...I am romanian living in United States... It is hard for me to read about the non human things done by people from my country!!!... Hey, mother!!!... Your apologises will not bring back a good young lady who put evey effort in having a bright future (working and studying), while you were not taking care of your crazy lunetic son!!!! Your son will be nothing but a criminal all his life!!! Hopefully for our society that he will not kill again!!!... Sincere condoleances to the family who lost the dear one!:(..

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I'm truly heartbroken to the loss, I feel no sympathy towards this lunatic I hope he gets the maximum sentence

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DukeletoMar. 02, 2013 - 08:30PM JST

I'm at a total loss!!! The parents of the girl must be beside themselves with grief at such an unexpected loss and absolute waste of their daughters life. The total disregard displayed by the two youths for this poor girls life is incomprehensible to me. Surely no normally wired person could do such a thing to some poor innocent girl walking home. I can say that if I had seen it happen and managed to get hold of one of them I would be the one behind bars and happily so. Tragic beyond the Nth degree and inexcusable even if he is still a minor. My sincerest condolences to the family, but know that nothing will ever fill that void in their hearts.

See more at: http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/mother-of-romanian-murder-suspect-apologizes#sthash.wLxUqoDp.dpuf

that wonderful post says it all

i am at a loss for words the poor girl ...my prayers to her spirit and her family. And I hope they throw that monster in prison for life. and his co criminal.

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The article seems to indicate that the older, Japanese boy was the instigator. Nonetheless, they should be prosecuted to the full

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He said they chose Yamada at random

Amazing how the randomly chosen victims so often turn out to be young women.

Note of caution: Be extra careful if you've just used the konbini ATM.

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I am a romanian musician who dream to make music in a beautiful country like Japan.I really hate the idea that I will be seen as a social danger because of my fellow con-nationals.Everywhere we can see idiots,psychopaths or stupid two walking without a braid.There is no place for generalization...romanian are good and hard working people just like everyone.As a humble artist I apologize in the name of my country not for that psycho and I hope that japanese people will understand that romanians are not just bad people.I really feel bad and cry and pray along with parents of that poor girl and I hope for the best for them.I really know that there will be an empty spot and scars will be there for the rest of their lifes...but still....my humbly and sincere sympathy,

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Knife related murders are becoming an increasing trend in Japan. I hope justice is served in this case.

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Mum may be apologising and thats better than nothing, but I am more interested in learning how she raised such a scumbag.

If my 17 year old son hadnt been home for several days I would be worried sick, have called the police and been scouring the streets myself looking for him.

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If my 17 year old son hadnt been home for several days I would be worried sick, have called the police and been scouring the streets myself looking for him.

Apparently you have some information that she hadn't done this?

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I am romanian and I feel me ashamed to say I am romanian with such "co-nationals".

What I don't understand is what is doing a 17 years old boy in Japan (even if mother is living there) at 2 am in the morning alone. I know in Japan police can send children back to the mother, at home. What was police doing in this case to protect the innocent people walking around the station ?

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Perhaps the money you spent on the gloves and knife should have been used to play games, and then when that ran out

Well as the saying goes you gotta spend money to make money....

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Seriously did they both stab her? , the article makes you believe that they bought only one knife, and then it says they both stabbed her, so one of them stabbed her and then passed the knife to the other to stab her, If that really is the case, its almost like the robbery was secondary and that the actual murder was what they really wanted to do. And they can say she was random all they like, they chose a young woman on her own, someone they believed to be weaker than themselves, that is not random.

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with out over generalising, Romanian's and romania is concidered to be teh PIT of Europe, I have been through there in my travels not so long ago, and it really is a PIT

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with out over generalising, Romanian's and romania is concidered to be teh PIT of Europe, I have been through there in my travels not so long ago, and it really is a PIT

Unfortunately, you ARE over generalizing and I must disagree with you. Romanians are wonderful people and Romania is a beautiful and welcoming country. I am not sure why you claim such a terrible thing because this country is not considered the PIT of Europe, it is culturally rich and blessed with beautiful places and warm people. Every nation has "bad people" but it's not OK to generalize. This incident is very tragic and this boy deserves to suffer the consequences of what he has done! However, this has nothing to do with a nation/ country / nationality. Stereotypes like this do not help making this world a better place.

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