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Woman arrested for murder of 22-year-old son 'saw no hope for his future'

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Police in Tsuchiura, Ibaraki Prefecture, said Tuesday they have arrested a 45-year-old woman over the murder of her 22-year-old son.

According to police, Miki Wada stabbed her son Tomoya to death in the early hours of Monday at their home. She was quoted by police as saying she saw no hope for his future, TBS reported.

According to police, after killing her son, Wada contacted her father who then phoned police saying, "My daughter has just stabbed my grandson. He has been killed."

Police said that several days earlier, Tomoya had run away from home and had only just returned, TBS reported.

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More likely the 22 year old son tried to live on his own and found out he couldn't pay rent and utilities plus go shopping for groceries. So he returns home and mother is filled with despair.

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She was quoted by police as saying she saw no hope for his future

So, she killed him? Seriously? She is the front runner for this week's crazy parent award! It's gonna take something pretty special to top this one.

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he was only 22 years old .. sure she might have thought he was hopeless, but now would have been the time where MOTHER should have played her role - rather than killing him, she should have shown him how to be a real man.. again, he was only 22.. she took his future away.

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Pretty common in some mammals so I guess the hard coded remnants of the impulse is still in all of our minds waiting for the wrong circumstances.

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But she saw "HOPE" for her future ??????

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When I first read this article I thought maybe he was bedridden or something like that...but it appears that he may have had a "functional body, I guess.

"She was quoted by police as saying she saw no hope for his future, TBS reported."

Now more than likely SHE sees no hope for her future....

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Bosozoku?

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Sounds like revenge to me, she didn't want him to leave and felt lonely.

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So many aspects to this case one could go on for hours. But the bottom line is, if she felt no hope for his future, what part did she play in leading him to that point? What type of parent was she? There are many cases where one (even here in Japan) can come from humble beginnings and make something of themselves by hard work. Maybe they will not be the next "talento" or whatever passes for success in her eyes, but it would be his life to waste. All a parent can do is try to give them a sold foundation to step out in life on.

I am sure this mother either doted on him to the point where he felt entitled and didn't want to put in the effort to do well in school, or she was too busy herself with the remorse for having him and blaming him for what went wrong in her life. Either way, still no reason for her to kill a grown man, her son like that.

I think there must be more to this story.

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"Miki Wada stabbed her son Tomoya to death in the early hours of Monday at their home."

Sounds she crept up on him while he was fast asleep.

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Why "no hope for his future?" The article does not explain anything at all.

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No hope because mommy didn't raise him to do well perhaps? Sorry but if you have a loser kid, the fault lies with the parent/s, not the kid.

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Now that is a late abortion.

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I'd say she's nuts. RIP young man.

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A mum kills her son (22)...because saw no hope! Next to I was drunk and do not remember, contraception and not drinking so much might lower the murder, crime rate think a mascot might be needed...how about "being a functioning emotional San" sounds cute.

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Another very messed up family with another 20 plus still living at home. Personally, I was gone from my family home at 19?

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@zichi

Another very messed up family with another 20 plus still living at home. Personally, I was gone from my family home at 19?

It's not uncommon for twenty-plus-somethings to still be living at home. It's virtually impossible to study full time at uni and support yourself these days, especially where I come from (where rent is double that of Tokyo). Still a shocking story nonetheless...

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The mother knew she raised a child who was not going to be "anything" that she considers "good". Like Marvin Gaye's farther said .. " I brought you into this world, I could take you out:.

I respect the mother and am sorry that she took his life.

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sighclops there's no mention in the post about the victim being a student? Most have finished uni by 21/22?

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What I find strange about this story is the phrase "Tomoya had run away from home". At 22 he was an adult under Japanese law and had every right to "leave" home, unless he had Down Syndrome or some mental condition that allowed/required his mother to have legal authority over him. So unless that was the case, I would think the term "run away" would not be applicable. Author, is there some other information you have that led you to use that term?

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@zichi

Another very messed up family with another 20 plus still living at home. Personally, I was gone from my family home at 19?

Zichi, I beat you to it ! I was just 18 when I left "the nest" ! My son went - alone - to study and live in France when he was 19... Maybe her son was an "otaku" and couldn't fend for himself ?

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The lact of detail is / has been a theme as has the judgement given. We hear/see the story but never the details or out come, A mum killing her son after 22 years? That's the 55th trimester I think.

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FightingViking - I left home at 17 (mostly), and my guess is that that didn't bother my parents at all. I studied and lived in France when the tuition was pretty close to zero. The mother 'saw' no future for him but then reacted to that thought in a way that had her playing god - I'm sorry for the loss of life of her son and I'm sorry for the pain she'll continue to feel because of all of this. It's just sad.

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A terribly sad story that she felt this was necessary.

The only age they do not give is the woman's father, but I feel so bad for him.

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No hope for these people who have this attitude.

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Sorry to say but if this is the case the entire nation would be killing their kids. Most parents have HIGH EXPECTATIONS of their kids and when they don't meet those expectation they give up on them. The first thing you have to do is teach your child responsibility, give them things to do, not let them play video games all day!! Do things with them find out what their interest is and their passion and lead them that way and support them. This article tends to make me think that the parents didn't have any interest in the son, just get a job any job, and because he probably had no training or interest in anything he just stayed home. Think about it, if someone feeds you and care for you and that is all you see and know you won't go anywhere because you become a dependent as in this case from birth to and adult and when you do go out on your own you look back and think I had it good I'm going back its easy that way. The article mentioned the son ran away maybe this is what he thought. He probably thought to go out on his own but once he got out their life wasn't as easy as being at home with mom being spoon fed! Sorry to say but this is the case of today. Parents bring kids into the world expect them to be the next greatest thing, being a parent is more than just bringing the child into the world you have to prepare them for a big mean world thats out there waiting for them, if not they won't survive and they will lean on you!!

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The mother needs a mental health evaluation.

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Police said that several days earlier, Tomoya had run away from home and had only just returned, TBS reported.

Was he mentally handicapped? Adults don't "run away from home". They just "leave home".

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Kids in Japan don't mature until their thirties and some never do. There is nothing unusual about a twenty something kid living with his/ her parents in Japan. I was also a teenage loner and respect my parents for giving me the option to make it on my own, however, growing up on this little island asylum is very different to other countries. This young guy was very probably lost and a punk, but it doesn't excuse his mother for killing him.

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Was he mentally handicapped?

The mother was the mental case. How do you raise a child to 22 then do this? She deserves life imprisonment to death penalty.

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Miki Wada stabbed her son Tomoya to death...she saw no hope for his future, TBS reported. Wada contacted her father

If the son had no future at 22, what about the grand-dad ?

The mother was the mental case

Exactly. I don't even want to know what was wrong or not with the victim. You don't go lower as becoming a parent that kills his/her own kids.

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So tragic. So sad. Someone should have advised the mother to have some time away from her son, like time out from one another. Some counselling for both parties have been so desperately needed before tragedy like this happened.

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Where's the Dad? No one really matures until they are about 30. 20 somethings are just a little less of an idiot than teenagers. But they do usually grow out of it when they realize that they may not know everything and in fact they probably know nothing. I think it was a little early for her to make that judgement, very sad.

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According to Japanese media, the mother is herself unemployed so, presumably, the victim was not the only one that could not support himself. I think gogogo may be right.

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I guess the mother took the literal meaning of that old expression my father used to tell me: "I brought you into this world, and I can take you out of it."

As some have posted, unless the son was mentally handicapped aults don't just "run away" from home. Even by Japanese standards (age 20) he was an adult. I wish there was more infomation on this story, to be a good lesson for all to learn so that this young man's deather would not go wasted. What I can possible pick up on this tragic incident is that:

Where was the father in this story? Looking at the ages of both, she had him when she was at least 23. A relatively young mother and we don't know if she was married or not. Whatever the case, I do hope that she didn't have some deep seeded resentment against his father and took all her frustration out against this young man while he was growing up. That could lead him to not try to make it on his own, and thus enable him to "have no potential" in her opinion.

I know it is easy to bash the SDF on JT, and it is not seen by some as a "good job" but this guy would be a perfect fit for the SDF. Provided that he was mentally and physically capable of serving the one thing he would have been able to pick up would have ben some guidance and direction for his life. Going to boot camp and stripping off the old and being somewhat "forced" to change does wonders for some people. Better to get it drilled into your head that way than behind a prison cell. But, I am sure that concept never crossed his mind.

Sad case all around. I guess the mother doesn't have to worry about who will take care of her in her golden years. She'll have a cot and three hot meals a day in prison.

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Was he mentally handicapped? Adults don't "run away from home". They just "leave home"

He may have run away years ago, and come back after a long absence? Either that, or really," run away" is the wrong term.

Was the young man a terrible recalcitrant delinquent? Did mom see him turning into his degenerate father and decide society would be better off without him? Or was she herself so mentally ill that she saw no hope for the world and thought it a mercy to take him out.

Not nearly enough information here to have any response but shock and sadness.

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Overprotective selfish crazy mom?

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ran away from home? at 22? what does it mean? was he mentally disabled ?

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She was quoted by police as saying she saw no hope for his future, TBS reported

I guess by that same token, this woman should die too, since there is no hope for her future now.

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Of course this is terrible. Of course no mother should kill their child.

But maybe...he was just a hopeless case.

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But maybe...he was just a hopeless case.

Even if he was, he didn't deserve to be killed in his sleep. If he was that bad, better to let him die while trying to make it on his on instead of someone deciding that he is not "good enough" and is taken out bu his own mother.

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she saw his son has no future, is she a psychic?

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He was probably sitting at home reading manga books or posting on inane messages on Nichanneru all day. She got sick of his otaku ways and kept nagging him, so he ran away. Then he came back because he had nowhere to stay. And she killed him. End of story. Pretty damn sad, IMHO.

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I think that killing child by their parents is much heavier sin than killing parents by their child. I believe so.

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