Police have charged a 43-year-old man with murder after he attacked a 73-year-old woman with a sickle in Imari, Saga Prefecture. The woman died short afterward in hospital.
According to police, the suspect, identified as Masayuki Hara, attacked Yoshie Okubo on Thursday while she was working in a field near her home at around 3 p.m. TBS quoted police as saying Okubo was slashed several times.
Witnesses called police and Hara was arrested on the spot. Okubo died one hour later in hospital.
Hara, who lived about 120 meters from Okubo, has so far refused to give any motive for the attack, police said.© Japan Today