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Nurse stabbed by patient’s husband in Mie hospital

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Police in Tsu, Mie Prefecture, have arrested a 74-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder after he stabbed a 50-year-old nurse at a health care facility where his wife was staying.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Kyodo News reported. Police said Akira Kozaki has admitted to bringing a knife from his home with the purpose of stabbing the nurse.

At the time of the attack, the victim was in the ward tending to Kozaki’s wife. Kozaki entered the room and stabbed the nurse in the left side of her abdomen. A patient in another room heard the nurse scream and called 110.

When police arrived, they found Kozaki still at the hospital and placed him under arrest.

Police said the nurse’s wound is not life-threatening and are questioning Kozaki and his wife over his motive for attacking the nurse.

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TrevorPeace

The disdain I received by medical staff, and the tortuous observation by security staff, because I'm a white Canadian, makes me believe (perhaps wrongly, I can't be sure) that hostility in Japan's hospitals extends beyond the obvious.

Conversely, I never received any obvious disdain or poor treatment by hospital staff, nurses, doctors, or security when visiting Japanese relatives in the hospital, and especially not as a patient for a week in one, where I was treated quite well, despite being a white American (outwardly indistinguishable from Canadian to most people). In fact, I think some of the nurses got a kick out of treating this big-nosed foreigner.

That's not to take away from your very real and hurtful experience. It's just to present a different, and just as real one.

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Before you all dive in, there are endless scandals in UK care homes relating to the abuse of those there by their carers, and a nurse has just been arrested here after a child in her care died of poisoning.

So reserve judgement until we find out why he stabbed him.

I'm gonna say this slowly.

You wife being neglected by a carer does not give you a carte blanche for murder, even if the nurse did something bad first.

And that's just hypotheticals. Based on this article, I could say the old man had gone senile and thought the nurse was the devil and I'd have exactly the same amount of evidence to support that assertion as you do yours. Which is to say, both of us would have NONE

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Both men and women can be nurses.

97% of Japanese nurses are female, but yes.

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Mr or Ms GreatBritain48

the entire story says “nurse”, not he or she, not him or her.

Both men and women can be nurses.

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Mr.TrevorPeace

Sorry for the fatal illness that befell your friend in Japan but do not understand how you want to turn their story into pity for your experience.

Medical staff here are under constant stress from many directions. Why do last 2 commenters from outside Japan want implicate the medical professionals in Japan as possible abusers?

Don’t project feelings. This nurse in this story is a victim of a serious crime here, not you.

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I visited a brain cancer terminal patient with his family in a Sendai hospital, several years ago. He was my best friend in Japan. The process of visiting him with his family was bizarre. The disdain I received by medical staff, and the tortuous observation by security staff, because I'm a white Canadian, makes me believe (perhaps wrongly, I can't be sure) that hostility in Japan's hospitals extends beyond the obvious. Like I said, I don't know. But for that old(er) man to take a knife into a hospital with the obvious intent to harm a nurse looking after his wife raises several questions. Yes, it was bizarre, truly bizarre. But why???

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Sorry 'her'.

-10 ( +1 / -11 )

Before you all dive in, there are endless scandals in UK care homes relating to the abuse of those there by their carers, and a nurse has just been arrested here after a child in her care died of poisoning.

So reserve judgement until we find out why he stabbed him.

-8 ( +6 / -14 )

Unfortunately violence to medical personnel from the patients and their families is not as rare as it should be from a developed country like Japan, if you talk with a doctor or a nurse very frequently they will have some anecdote of violence in their careers.

This may be the other side of the coin of the still special status doctors and nurses still have in Japan, the special treatment given also comes with exaggerated expectations of performance, and the inevitable failures are too much for some people to understand.

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Seems medical professionals here are no longer respected for their work

Sadly this can be said for nearly all professionals - in the education/scientific field. Also for non- professionals going about their daily work, cleaners, drivers etc. I feel this is a reflection of poor leadership, if we have no respect for our leader this trickles down

-10 ( +4 / -14 )

Call to mind the other recent incident in January when a visiting doctor was murdered and 2 professional caregivers were severely injured by the family member of the patient during an in-home visit. The doctor was murdered with a shotgun by the patient’s son and the 2 others held in a standoff with police.

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Wishing the victim, a nurse who dedicated their life’s calling to helping others, makes a quick recovery. Seems medical professionals here are no longer respected for their work and now hospitals may not be believed to be safe havens.

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Police said Akira Kozaki has admitted to bringing a knife from his home with the purpose of stabbing the nurse.

mmmm hmmmm.

that’s because………..

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