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Woman arrested for killing 96-year-old mother-in-law

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Police in Gamagori, Aichi Prefecture, said Wednesday they have arrested a 70-year-old woman on suspicion of killing her 96-year-old mother-in-law at their home.

Police said Fumiko Otsuka has admitted to killing Kyoko Otsuka by strangling her with a piece of string at around 8:30 a.m. on Monday. Otsuka was quoted by police as saying she was worn out from looking after her mother-in-law.

Otsuka lived in the house with her 74-year-old husband and her mother-in-law who had been unable to move much since May due to a leg disability.  Her son found her unconscious when he brought her breakfast on Monday morning and called 119.

She was taken to hospital where she was confirmed dead. Police questioned Otsuka on Tuesday and arrested her on Wednesday after she admitted killing her mother-in-law.

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Otsuka was quoted by police as saying she was worn out from looking after her mother-in-law,

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There is a shockingly large percentage of people over 50 (mostly women) who are full time carers (prisoners) of their ailing parents. In a country that brags about how they respect their elderly there seems to be a major shortage of nursing homes and aged care facilities. The ones they do have are mostly privately run and ridiculously expensive. Japan severely lacks in this area. There is no such thing as a retirees' village in Japan although, with all the young people leaving rural areas the rural towns are becoming retirees' villages. It's just that they lack the specialised amenities and services for the elderly. Note to self: Don't get old in Japan!

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When talking of Elderly care, we need to be more aware of crime prevention to prevent people in their golden years from becoming murderous criminals.

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It's a problem that won't be going away any time soon.

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>  a country that brags about how they respect their elderly

In all my years I don't think I've ever heard the government or any individuals brag about their respect for the elderly. (Deference for elders, by juniors - yes. Respect for the elderly - nope. Subtle but important difference.)

Other than that, I agree with your post 100%.

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Killing the women who gave birth to you. Seems a bit selfish if I may be so bold.

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She'll getting old too to care for. Why killing the old woman ?

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@MMachida it was her mother-in-law, so they were not related by blood

In all my years I don't think I've ever heard the government or any individuals brag about their respect for the elderly. 

Monday September 16th is Respect the Aged Day this year in Japan. You wait, you'll hear and see a lot of bragging from politicians, families and just the ordinary man/woman on the street

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