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One man stabbed to death, another wounded at BBQ

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One man was stabbed to death and another wounded while they were attending a barbecue in Mizunami City, Gifu Prefecture, on Sunday night.

According to police, the assailant, an unemployed 26-year-old man, lived near the home where the barbecue was being held, Fuji TV reported.

Police said the incident occurred at around 6:30 p.m. The residents of the household were holding a barbecue with friends in their garden when the suspect barged in with a knife.

Masato Owaki, 32, a company employee and resident of the home, was stabbed in the stomach and died from his injuries. The other victim, 42, received cuts to his arms as he tried to hold the suspect down.

Police said the man -- who has a history mental illness -- admitted to stabbing his victims, but denied any “intent to kill.”

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What a loony

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What a horrible thing!  BBQ's are some of the most enjoyable events, and for someone to just walk in and ruin it for everyone by killing someone is just awful.

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Wow, killing someone because they were holding a BBQ or killing because the crazed killer was able to get into the BBQ. Killing someone because he saw them happy and enjoying themselves which the killer wasn't. The killer came with a knife so had intentions to harm and maybe kill. Very sad event for the family.

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There's an info missing in the article: the attacker had complained one year earlier about noises during tthe bbq meetings. RIP, anyway. Too young to die this way.

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I have annoying neighbors who hold a BBQ in their parking space a few times a year and it's loud, smokey, and annoying as hell (it sounds like they are in my apartment!), but never would I ever consider doing anything to infringe on their fun since it is during the day and they are mostly minding their own business. In fact, I had just bought a bunch of meat from a butcher shop not long before one of the BBQs and took them two racks of spare ribs one time, saying "have fun". They asked me to join but I couldn't, and later even apologized if they were ever too loud. Point is, if you have trouble with neighbors try talking and being nice. May not always work, and perhaps the police need to do a little more about the whole "wa" thing when it doesn't, but these wackos really, REALLY need to learn! I mean, does the guy think his prison cellmate(s) are going to be more considerate? Life will be less stressful? Did he think stabbing the guy was just a different way of saying hello?

So many lunatics. Lock him up for life.

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I agree with zilchi. But every summer I have annoying loud crap music all night, bbqs that dump their garbage on the beach and jet skis and wake boarders (drunk), breaking laws and endangering lives. I call the police and local council. But nothing ever happens. If the guy is loopo, then it pushed him over the edge. He should spend the rest of his life in a sanitarium.

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how come so many assailants are unemployed in this country? if i had a yen for every time i read that, i'd be a rich man by now.

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Police said the man -- who has a history mental illness -- admitted to stabbing his victims, but denied any “intent to kill.”

Pissed off he wasnt invited? Or maybe the smell of grilled meat set him off. Who knows, but with neighbors like that...I would make damn sure the door is locked!

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man -- who has a history mental illness

If mentally disturbed people don't get the help that they need, bad things can happen.

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If mentally disturbed people don't get the help that they need, bad things can happen.

Forgive the snarkiness, but WOW, really? But my question is, does a mentally disturbed person know they are of need of help themselves? Just because the people around him think he is disturbed does that give society the right to lock him up because he seems off?

Not to mention that the cops, could very well have used the mental illness reason as an excuse to explain something they don't know the answer to themselves.

Hell half the elected officials in this country fit that bill, but are they getting the help they need? No they aren't and "bad" things are happening there too!

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Is it just me ? or these past few weeks, everyday there's someone stabbed, slashed, groped, burned, hit by a car. "Safe" Japan just seems like a myth now ...

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Japan is pretty safe Kibosha.

Out of 120 million people you hear of a few crimes...that's not too bad man.

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I have noticed a significant percentage of people here don't like it when others enjoy themselves or have some success.

And some even lash out, this seems to be one of those cases

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GW: "I have noticed a significant percentage of people here don't like it when others enjoy themselves or have some success."

Bang on. The same louts that scream at others for having fun in a park are the loudest at enkais and sing aloud at hanami, etc.

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Such disturbing incidents are very unfortunate however they are also very rare. Visitors to Japan should be reassured that Japan is a very safe country.

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Safe place for sure, but when someone goes off the rails, they really go off the rails.

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the attacker had complained one year earlier about noises during tthe bbq meetings.

and sometimes that is too bad in Japan that you can't just have a bbq at any park, beach or public space. You have to either fight for a position at a designated bbq spot or have it at your tiny yard while worrying about your neighbors' feelings.

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Just because the people around him think he is disturbed does that give society the right to lock him up because he seems off?

I wrote get the help that they need, this doesn't equal getting locked up.

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Um. The BBQ party that would have otherwise been fun turned sour. Hope other injured victim gets back on his feet ASAP.

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"how come so many assailants are unemployed in this country? if i had a yen for every time i read that, i'd be a rich man by now."

And I had a yen for every time unemployed people were demonised in print/comments etc, I'd be twice as rich.

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