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Suspect in murder of homeless woman turns himself in

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A man being sought over the murder of a 64-year-old homeless woman in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward last week turned himself in at a koban (police box) on Saturday morning.

Kazuhito Yoshida, 46, has admitted to killing Misako Obayashi while she sat on a bench at a bus stop at around 4 a.m. on Nov 16, Fuji TV quoted police as saying. Yoshida showed up with his mother at the koban at 3 a.m. Saturday and told police he had attacked the woman.

Obayashi, who only had eight yen on her, was found collapsed on the ground, bleeding from a head injury, by a passerby at 5 a.m. near an intersection about 400 meters from Sasazuka Station. She was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Police said that street surveillance camera footage taken an hour earlier showed a man hitting Obayashi, who appeared to be asleep, with a shopping bag.


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How many crimes would go unsolved if people didn't turn themselves in, in Japan? Like 90%?

12 ( +13 / -1 )

Why does a 64 year old woman have to be on the street?

Was there no value in her life, no place for her?

No small thing she could've done to earn her keep?

The sum up of a life: ¥8.

Left to die on the street from a a blow to her head while she slept,

by some random loser.

This g'damned country is harsh.

12 ( +15 / -3 )

Attacking weak vulnerable people who are already suffering dealing with their lives is a big no no. But at least the suspect has turned himself in.

There's no reason why there should be homeless people in Japan.

12 ( +12 / -0 )

"There's no reason why there should be homeless people in Japan."

Although I feel that you are absolutely correct, and I do not disagree, the harsh fact is that if one happens to fall through the social 'safety net' and for whatever reason fails to fit into society, then the available support is meagre, indeed...

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The media this evening is full of background information. She had been sleeping there recently and he was not happy, it is being reported. As to the shopping bag, it allegedly had 'PET bottles' in it, and he had only planned to hurt her in an effort to make sure she did not come back to spoil the neighborhood, where he regularly took part in trash and litter clean-ups. Neighbors say he was a claimer, whatever that is, and was hyper sensitive to any changes in his area. One person recalls him ringing the door bell and even entering their house without permission. He was brought to the police station by his mother after he admitted to her that he was the person they were looking for.

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Who would you go with so that he also feels proud

It may be a cultural thing, but most 46 year old non-Japanese would likely go by themselves. By that age, it’s very common for non-Japanese to have become independent of their parents.

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Brought his mother with him...she must be so proud.

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"Who would you go with so that he also feels proud"

Ofcourse he would bring but his mammy

6 ( +7 / -1 )

What a sad story. What would make a grown man do such a thing. Sadly this could happen in most countries in the world

6 ( +6 / -0 )

As a parent, I can't imagine any lower plunge to 'rock bottom' than to accompany one's unemployed loser 46-year old son to the police station to help him turn himself in for bludgeoning a little old homeless lady to death.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Honestly, so many people don't understand the actual story. The mother of the criminal watches the news on the TV all the time, and when she saw the security footage of the homeless woman being killed cast on the TV, she recognized the clothing the suspect was wearing, and realized they were like the ones her son wears. She asked him if he killed her, and he said yes. She made him turn himself in. Heartbroken, she walked him to the police box, because he might've run away if someone else was doing it. She might have been killed by her son just by turning him in, since he's clearly not right in the head, and seems to have some issues. She was older than the homeless woman. She's almost 80 years old. Have some sympathy for the woman. It's very hard for parents to soak in the news that their child did something crime-related - let alone turn their child in to the police. It's dangerous for her when her son is let out of jail - he might come for her. I'm Japanese - I know. My grandparents live in Japan, and my grandmother is currently injured from a fall. She's older than the victim, and she lives in the extremely tiny place where the criminal lived with his family before he was arrested. I've been to the exact crime sight in my visits to Japan. I've been to her house many times. It's so scary for my family, taking the note that the once safe place my grandparents are living are increasing rapidly in crime rates. My grandmother has a shopping cart like the victim, is extremely weak, and is an easy target.

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So very sad.......

This woman should've been asleep in a bed.....under a roof......in a house with loved ones....

Such a sad way to go :(

RIP

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Acknowledging his offense and turning himself in is the first step towards redemption and self-recognition of his crime. It also will significantly reduce his sentence. If he is a first offender, he probably gets 14-18 years confinement - so when he gets out, he will be the 64-year old homeless person sleeping on a bench.

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@baroque1888

The government in Japan should give all its citizens UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME OF 3,115,860.00 YEN FOR ETERNITY

The population of Japan is currently 126,324,219. If we use your numbers this would amount to about 394 Trillion Yen per year. The Japan GDP is around 530 Trillion Yen per year. This would result in spending 74% of the GDP on this program.

I am with Strangerland on this one. It is a financial non starter.

The concept of UBI has been tried in various ways. Finland tried it for 2,000 people and subsequently dropped it. The U.S. tried it in various forms. The negative tax experiment (between 1968 and 1980 actually guaranteed Americans a minimum basic income) which was essentially a guaranteed basic income and the results were not good at all. San Francisco tried this by handing out money to homeless (about $520 per month) and the results were awful (It is sad to see my home city in such a state now)

It is being tried in Stockton California (125 people/$500 per month). The mayor was a young black man (Michael Tubbs) who came from extreme poverty and attended Stanford University. His rationale was very well thought out (unlike some of the other plans I have read about) but the program was going to end (financially unsustainable) however it has been extended due to Covid.

San Jose (California) has a big problem with illegal dumping and they are paying homeless people to bring trash to collection agencies. This is actually gaining wide support across the political spectrum as the scheme adds $4 per bag of trash to a debit card (rather than pay cash). It will be interesting to see how it plays out.

Poor Ms. Obayashi; she was inhumanly murdered but also having only 8 YEN? It is awful!

For those of us who want to help people like Obayashi-san there are groups such as Second Harvest (and others) in Tokyo who do great work in getting food to those in need. I think such groups need our help now more than ever.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Finland solved its homeless problem by providing them with affordable accommodations.

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@nandakandamanda

"One person recalls him ringing the door bell and even entering their house without permission"

their you go another one of those bonified mammy jns, who claims everything, a high ranking chief of this and that.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Fiend.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

In conclusion, UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME OF 3,115,860 YEN FOR ETERNITY NEEDS TO BECOME REALITY.

For a conclusion, you need to have provided something to support that conclusion. I'm not against the idea of UBI (I'm actually leaning more towards it than away), but there are plenty of reasons why it could work, and a big one why it may not (where does this money come from?). Until you've covered all that, there cannot be a conclusion. You've simply floated an idea.

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Just found out that the criminal lived REALLY close to my grandparents who are in their early 80s. On our visits, my family has walked past this man's house before. My grandmother who is diabetic and has Alzheimer's is just like the victim, who is weak, frail, fragile, and walks with her shopping cart, sometimes by herself at the bus stop. This is so scary, knowing she has been at the exact same place as the woman when she was murdered.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

@lucabresi.....haha. For sure

There are a lot of unused apartments in Japan these days. Finland’s idea of housing would be a good start for people like Ms. Obayashi.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

This is a sad story on so many levels.

An elderly women died homeless on the street who should have had more access to social welfare.

A man who needed support for his mental health didn't receive it and and as a consequence committed a terrible crime.

There is never one solution such as a UBI which would fix this problem but access to basic human needs such as shelter and mental health support should be a given in a rich developed society like Japan.

I will say a prayer for both of them.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Hang him, please.

An eye for an eye makes the world blind. The rest of his life behind bars will suffice.

I expect this woman's life to be valued as much as anyone else's in society.

2 ( +6 / -4 )

The criminal and my grandparents live on the same street, and they are literally NEIGHBORS. Oh my goddd

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@zichi

Finland solved its homeless problem by providing them with affordable accommodations.

Godless commies.

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Neighbors say he was a claimer, whatever that is, and was hyper sensitive to any changes in his area.

Unfortunately this can be said for virtually every neighborhood I have ever lived in this place, people feel entitled of the streets and public spaces simply because they have been living there longer and don't accept any 'changes' at all. One example is when you are new in your condo and you start parking your bicycle in a random spot (among the countless spots anyone can use anytime). Odds are you come back just to find your bicycle tossed to the side with another bicycled parked at the same space, because instead of parking somewhere else literally 1 meter away, the person who has been parking there feels entitled of that specific spot.

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I really don’t get this. I’m assuming the women looked obviously homeless and wasn’t carrying any designer handbags. What was the point of attacking her other than bloodlust?

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Many japanese look down on those down on their luck. especially those who are catching hell also, and want to take it out on someone. So when they see a soft target like a woman or child . they make their sick moves.

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@ScottDRad

BINGO:

An elderly women died homeless on the street who should have had more access to social welfare.

A man who needed support for his mental health didn't receive it and and as a consequence committed a terrible crime.

the hugely overlooked dysfunction of Japan

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Despicable crime by an evil, horrible monster. He has forfeited his right to be fed, clothed and sheltered by honest taxpayers. Hang him, please.

Rest in Peace to the poor woman, her life and death was unfair.

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The govt shld revise some regs re homeless people's application for welfare. The applicant needs a sort of address for them to apply. And how could that be when they're homeless in the first place. And secondly the govt shld change the welfare given to some physically and mentally challenged and seikatsu hogo recipients. How come they receive more than what some pensioners are receiving. Not being mean. Just asking for things to be fair. For all we know the guardians of those people are the ones benefiting from such.

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zichiToday  11:00 am JST

Finland solved its homeless problem by providing them with affordable accommodations.

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Tokyo-EngrToday  11:21 am JST

@lucabresi.....haha. For sure

There are a lot of unused apartments in Japan these days. Finland’s idea of housing would be a good start for people like Ms. Obayashi.

The above strategies raised could be a good start to solving the lack of shelter issue (not just in Japan but other countries). As to funding Universal Basic Income the Government should adjust the spending and get rid of wasteful spending. I am sure if the Government gets rid of wasteful spending, the Government could find a way to fund 3,115,860.00 YEN a year for everybody. Whatever it takes to get a Universal Basic Income of 3,115,860.00 YEN a year for everybody would absolutely be worth it. Other countries such as Taiwan, Mainland China, etc should follow suit in this Universal Basic Income for Eternity.

Certainly not everybody would be living like Kings with multiple mansions, multiple Rolls Royce Vehicles, multiple Lamborghini's, buying $1,000 designer clothes every single day, buying $1,000 shoes every day, going to five star restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner, every single day, only shopping at high end designer stores, etc and indulging unnecessarily in other extremely expensive means . We do not need to live like a King.

IT IS RIDICULOUS HOW THERE ARE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE FILTHY RICH WHO OWN MULTIPLE MANSIONS FROM 5,000 SQUARE FEET TO OVER 8,000 SQUARE FEET AND SOME MANSIONS EVEN OVER 10,000 SQUARE FEET, INDULGE UNNECESSARILY, BUT THEN THERE ARE INDIVIDUALS WHO CANNOT EVEN AFFORD A SMALL ROOM. IS THAT FAIR???? ABSOLUTELY NOT.

At the minimum at least everybody could all the way from Wakkanai, Hokkaido Japan to Naha, Okinawa, Japan could have the basics:

A. A Small Room to themselves with two full washrooms;

B. Be able to afford food and to go out to nice restaurants;

C. Be able to do leisure activities such as sightseeing, Arts and Culture, Travel (whether in Japan or abroad), Going to the Beach and other leisure activities;

D. Being able to have social connections;

E. Feeling comfortable knowing if you lose your job, you will ALWAYS have a source of income thereby having a CUSHION.

F. No one would every have any financial concerns.

G. No one would every have to worry about not being of anyone's element.

If someone is in a desert and does not have water, that would be difficult. Universal Basic Income for Eternity would be like someone in the desert without water and now they are guaranteed water for Eternity.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I feel very sorry for that woman. She did not deserve to have that happen to her. Especially if she is in one of the safest countries with the highest quality of life and also in the Shibuya area of Tokyo. Shibuya is known for being a safe and progressive area.

That suspect should receive the firing squad no questions asked.

No one should ever have to be homeless especially in Japan and in a safe/progressive beautiful area like Shibuya, Tokyo.

Here is a good way to extinguish the homeless situation and have no financial worries: UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME FOR ETERNITY.

The government in Japan should give all its citizens UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME OF 3,115,860.00 YEN FOR ETERNITY. If everyone received a Universal Basic Income of 3,115,860 YEN for eternity, they would never have to worry about being homeless. They may not be able to live like a King but at least they would have a roof over their head and all the other basics. At least maybe they could afford to live in a small room with two full bathrooms anywhere in Japan all the way from Wakkanai, Hokkaido, Japan to Naha, Okinawa, Japan. Everyone's self esteem would also be better. No one would ever have to worry about money because guess what, you will always have something. One may not be like a King but at least they will always have a source of income. Everyone could sleep better at night.

In conclusion, UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME OF 3,115,860 YEN FOR ETERNITY NEEDS TO BECOME REALITY.

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I feel very sorry for that woman. She did not deserve to have that happen to her. Especially if she is in one of the safest countries with the highest quality of life and also in the Shibuya area of Tokyo. Shibuya is known for being a safe and progressive area.

That suspect should receive the firing squad no questions asked.

No one should ever have to be homeless especially in Japan and in a safe/progressive beautiful area like Shibuya, Tokyo.

Here is a good way to extinguish the homeless situation and have no financial worries: UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME FOR ETERNITY.

The government in Japan should give all its citizens UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME OF 3,115,860.00 YEN FOR ETERNITY. If everyone received a Universal Basic Income of 3,115,860 YEN for eternity, they would never have to worry about being homeless. They may not be able to live like a King but at least they would have a roof over their head and all the other basics. At least maybe they could afford to live in a small room with two full bathrooms anywhere in Japan all the way from Wakkanai, Hokkaido, Japan to Naha, Okinawa, Japan. Everyone's self esteem would also be better. No one would ever have to worry about money because guess what, you will always have something. One may not be like a King but at least they will always have a source of income. Everyone could sleep better at night.

In conclusion, UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME OF 3,115,860 YEN FOR ETERNITY NEEDS TO BECOME REALITY.

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

" man hitting Obayashi, who appeared to be asleep, with a bag."

All it takes is one of these miscreants to whack the wrong grandmother, and a whole tribe may be missing. Oh forbid it be a white grandmother.

-2 ( +8 / -10 )

Brought his mother with him...she must be so proud.

Who would you go with so that he also feels proud

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