Prosecutors drop case against man accused of killing wife over her failure to cook dinner for him


Prosecutors in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, have dropped their indictment against a 75-year-old man who was arrested last month on suspicion of killing his 64-year-old wife because she wouldn’t prepare dinner for him.

Prosecutors did not give a reason for their decision to drop the charge against Hiroaki Tatsumi but it is believed that an autopsy showed that his wife Mieko’s death was not caused by his beating her, Fuji TV reported Thursday. The exact cause of death was not revealed.

Tatsumi called 119 at around 6:45 a.m. on May 16 and said his wife was unconscious and not breathing at their home in Nakagawa Ward. She was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The hospital notified police after seeing bruises on Mieko’s face. She also had suffered a broken nose.

Tatsumi was arrested on suspicion of murder the next day. Police said he told them he had beaten his wife a few times since early May because she wouldn't prepare dinner for him.

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Repugnant. The beating may not have been the direct cause of the death, but I'm sure it was a proximate cause.

Either way, how about lesser charges like assault and battery? Oh, that's right, women are viewed as property in this country.

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Damn that must have been a big fat brown envelope

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so he beat her after she was dead (for not making his dinner)?

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75, think he'd be able to make his own damn dinner by now. Oops, forgot this is a country where men rely on women for the basic necessities of life. Bet he can't do his own laundry either

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Give me a break !

She had a heart attack perhaps / a stroke ??????

And his beating her was not complict to her death -for whatever cause !?

I doubt it.

At least, charge him with assault.

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Japan's "justiss" system in a knotshell! Focusing on the money only to make cases/crimes go away!

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Obviously he didnt 'confess' to the final blow, hence there was no way of prosecuting him.

In a way, him not being prosecuted is a good thing... If he was jailed, he would ensure 3 warm meals a day for the rest of his life. The whole reason he was beating his wife in the first place.

Now he has to live out the rest of his life without his cook/cleaner/slave to look after him. I suspect it will be cup ramen and unwashed clothes from now on...

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Do the old git for assault at least then, don't just let him walk.

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Another stain on Japan's so called "justice" system

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After all, if you never charge men with domestic violence, you can claim there IS no domestic violence.

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Charge him with assault then.

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Surprised that the courts didn't try to posthumously charge the wife for neglecting the man child...

With the lack of support that women have in this country, I'm surprised that it isn't a crime for a wife/mother/sister/daughter to not feed and look after these men children 24/7...

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You don't need to admit that your country has domestic violence problems, if you drop the DV cases and not prosecute them, right?

This is how Japan keeps the statistics low, and the same goes for ijime, karoshi, and all other social problems that they don't want to admit they have.

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A woman, a dog and an old oak tree----the more you beat em the better they be!

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Certainly charge him with at least assault, though I agree with afanofjapan above, a very, very heavy fine might be more appropriate in his case so he has to fend for him self rather than be awarded with free, warm, accommodation and 3 meals a day.

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