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Woman arrested for strangling physically disabled mother

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Police in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture, said Monday they have arrested an unemployed 40-year-old woman on suspicion of murdering her 67-year-old physically disabled mother.

The suspect, identified as Yuki Igarashi, has admitted to the charge and was quoted by police as saying she was worn out from looking after her mother, Sankei Shimbun reported.

According to police, Igarashi strangled her mother Shigeko at around 10 p.m. on Sunday. The body was discovered by Yuki's younger brother when he returned home. Shigeko was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead about three hours later.

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"Yuki Igarashi... was worn out from looking after her mother"

And here's the latest one. Right on schedule!! ;-)

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Unfortunately, we are going to see more and more of this in Japan, as the population ages, as the economy stagnates and as the family, governmental and community support structures become weaker and/or overburdened.

I will not excuse what the daughter did, particularly as I do not know all of the facts, but I would not be surprised if there was an expectation from those around her (family, community, governmental agencies, etc.) that she would just gaman and take responsibility for looking after her mother. Indefinitely and without any real support.

Very sad, having just read the story about the mother and son in Kyushu, I think.

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Saitama strikes again............

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"Yuki Igarashi... was worn out from looking after her mother"

How many more old people need to die before we call it what it is?... GENERATIONAL GENOCIDE!! :-(

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i really wouldn't consider her "umemployed" as the article states. she stayed home to look after her mother, which i imagine to be a full time job.

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She wont go to jail or do any time. Courts here don't seem to think this is a crime in Japan for whatever stupid reason.

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I don't doubt she was exhausted, but that still doesn't excuse what she did

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Re: She wont go to jail or do any time. Courts here don't seem to think this is a crime in Japan for whatever stupid reason. Please, you don't know the judicial process here in Japan at all. She will be sentenced by the court system that is for sure and a guarantee. Japan is not a lax as one would think.

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bjohnson23: She will cry, bow, tell her story and get a suspended sentence.

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Is it just me or have these kinds of incidents really increased lately ? Sincerely hope the victim rests in peace.

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Most posters here look as if the daughter killed her mother out of hate, hey let's look at it another way yes she said she was tired and exhausted and perhaps couldn't stand to see her mom whom she possibly loved continue to deteriorate that way and she perhaps did what most posters here think is the Unforgiven thinkable. Put yourself in this women's place and then come back and perhaps write your reason. May the mom soul rest in peace and may the daughter get some help because I don't think that was something easy to do as she could have and would have done the unthinkable earlier.

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And here's the latest one. Right on schedule!! ;-)

Yup. It's occurring a lot now. Many thumbs down @TheGodfather, but he kinda' does have a point.

Unfortunately, we are going to see more and more of this in Japan, as the population ages, as the economy stagnates and as the family, governmental and community support structures become weaker and/or overburdened.

You're so right. Looks like The Ministry of Health, Welfare is dropping the ball on society.

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@Wb626 - "Many thumbs down @TheGodfather, but he kinda' does have a point... Looks like The Ministry of Health, Welfare is dropping the ball"

I don't say these things to be popular. I leave the popularity contests to politicians. I just want to stop the next murder... and the murder after that... and the murder after that one!! :-(

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we do not know the situation, on the one hand you might think that the mother just needed some assistance with ADL's but otherwise fine.

on the other hand- the mother may have had dementia, been totally bed bound and all the care was left for the one daughter - that was to be her life , forever.

in the US we place our parents in care facilities - and pay for others to care for them - visiting on weekends and special days.

this is a different world - tragic - neither solution is best- in the US we tend to not get around to seeing our parents, here - the drain on a family member is as tragic as the elderly ones physical and mental illness

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She will be sentenced by the court system that is for sure and a guarantee

You are right. There will be a trial (it's a murder after all), she will be convicted (because the prosecutor will want to keep his 100% conviction rate for political reasons), she will be sentenced (a must if you've been convicted), ...and then the judge will suspend her sentence because (as gogogo said) she will cry, bow, tell her story, and express strong regret.

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@misunderstood: Self defense aside, murder is murder no matter the situation.

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murder is murder no matter the situation

So true, but you can get away with it as long as you show the judge "strong regret", or have a note from the one you killed saying it's okay.

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