Prosecutors decide not to indict 21-year-old woman arrested over father’s murder


Prosecutors in Tokyo have decided not to indict a 21-year-old woman who was arrested in February on suspicion of killing her 56-year-0ld father by stabbing him.

Prosecutors gave no reason for their decision. However, the suspect, Kurumi Kamata, said at the time of her arrest that she had been on the receiving end of physical and verbal abuse from her father for months.

Kamata admitted to stabbing her father in the chest and back at their apartment in Setagaya Ward at around 5:30 p.m. on Feb 21, Fuji TV reported. She ran out onto the street and said she had stabbed someone. Police found Kamata 15 minutes later about one kilometer from her apartment.

Earlier in February, Kamata called police to consult with them about her father’s abusive behavior toward her. Police then met with Kamata and her father separately and issued a verbal warning to him.

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Prosecutors gave no reason for their decision

They really need to explain these decisions not just prosecutors, judges too. A functioning legal system should have no reason to hide their thinking process. Are they embarrassed? The use of the law appears to be all over the place, with no conformity at all.

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Again another abused woman is let down by the police and by society

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This poor woman, with her distinctive name, is labelled for the rest of her life.

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The need to satisfy an outside individual's curiosity is not pertinent to the parameters of the case, which involves domestic abuse and to seek or expect such displays a level of ignorance. The decision was made in a functioning legal system that includes prosecutors. There is absolutely no reason to involve 'judges' unless the case is being brought to court. Embarrassed, hardly. Conformity to the law, that is a peculiar posit, as each case is unique and the application of the law applies specifically to each case as circumstance dictates. Whatever determinants exist are within the confines of a case that is not going forward due to exigent circumstances, which indeed are not made public due to privacy issues. Any failure to understand the complexity of an issue such as confronted Ms. Kamata reflects an inability to understand that the specifics are of no concern to those of a curious mind, as not presenting a 'reason' to the public is to protect Ms. Kamata, so-to-speak, from further harm. Indeed, an abused woman was not served well by the police or anything resembling social services. Hardly unique to Japan. Parricide, few cases reach acquittal. Most are prosecuted, unless it is self-defense. There is a wide disparity in application of the law in cases of abuse. There were almost 2,000 cases of abuse 'reported' in Japan, in 2019. The majority of physical abuse is by Fathers or males associated with the household. Over fifty children were killed. In excess of 35,000 cases were referred by the police to social welfare services.

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"This poor woman, with her distinctive name, is labelled for the rest of her life..." or until she gets married, or changes it legally.

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I understand the concept of privacy, I don't get the concept of no explanation. This case is from what is available a terrible ordeal. And I have no wish to exasabate the situation. But the no explanation is used too much. Believe a simple statement of protection for the victim is warranted. The prosecutors don't prosecut gang rapists and use the same no comment that's what gets me guilty innocent viewed the same way no comment.

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Prosecutors gave no reason for their decision. 

Wait aren't these guys paid by taxpayers as government workers who went to the university also paid by taxpayer money. Then we the taxpayers deserver a more thorough explanation. Not saying it was wrong or right but it is our money they earn and as the employer we want our money's worth.

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If it was a privacy concern, the name would not appear in the media and all explanations could be given...

So as I say now, no reason is a reason in Japan.

Imagine if I knew the father, do you think I would accept he would have been killed without any explanation ?

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"Prosecutors gave no reason..."

Does that mean they're not legally bound to justify their decisions, or that journalists aren't doing their jobs properly?

Very dodgy...

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I'm going to assume they have their reasons, and their reasons for not making it public. But one thing they DO need to explain is the discrepancy between not finding this person guilty, but finding others who endure endless abuse or who are merely defending themselves guilty.

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21 and abused by Dad? Get a job and move out. Or move out and get a job. Feminists fought for women's rights to own property, be independent and work. They didn't fight for a right to murder a parent and then claim abuse after.

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"This poor woman, with her distinctive name, is labelled for the rest of her life..." or until she gets married, or changes it legally.

Would you marry a woman who stabbed her father in the back?

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Would you marry a woman who stabbed her father in the back?

That’s an interesting question. I’ve heard of women getting into contact with and later marrying men on death row. That’s how extreme people can be.

I imagine the bigger issue for the poor lady is the psychological damage she must overcome to become capable of sustaining a long term relationship. The level of abuse must have been severe for the authorities not to prosecute. She faces a lifetime of pain.

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It seems like it was self defense. I applaud this decision.

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What the hell, so it's okay to kill if you were abused?

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Good for the prosecution. The old violent thug sure got his just desserts. I hope the poor girl can somehow have a decent life now.

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There is a lot more to this story than what is being reported. So it must have been hell for the girl. In time this will pass and no one will remember her name and she can have what ever kind of life she makes. I doubt that she woke up and decided to kill him, most likely she just lost control of herself. Can you imagine killing one of your parents at 21. That she will have to live with for the rest of her life. Lots of counseling. We are not who we were yesterday, so with time and help she has a chance to make a good life for herself.

@darknuts Men and women marry killers all the time. The US has been at war for more than 20 years. There are many many married vets who took a human life. Let's hope this girl finds a life partner and moves on from this. I would hate to read that she took her own life in the news paper. Which is what a lot of American vets do her are the stats for 2017, " The rate among female veterans was 2.2 times the rate for other adult women that year." from

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