Saitama prefectural police said Thursday that a man has been charged with the murder of his parents in Kawagoe. According to police, 63-year-old Satoru Matsumoto waded into the Irumagawa River on Wednesday morning with his father, Susumu, aged 89, and mother, Riuko, aged 83, on the pretext of committing murder-suicide. However, having murdered his parents, Matsumoto did not follow through with the plan, police said.
A police official told a news conference that Matsumoto said his soba restaurant hasn't been profitable recently and that he was struggling to make ends meet. He was quoted by police as saying that he decided to commit suicide, but didn't want to leave his parents behind or they would become someone else's burden. He didn't say why he didn't go through with his plan to kill himself, also, police said.© Japan Today