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Woman stabs mother after being told to 'get a real job'

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A 28-year-old unemployed woman has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after she stabbed her mother at their apartment in Tokyo's Arakawa Ward on Sunday.

According to police, Naomi Ota stabbed her 60-year-old mother in her right side several times with a kitchen knife after being told by her mother to "get a real job," TV Asahi reported Monday. She then called 119 to report what she had done.

Ota's mother sustained several serious puncture wounds in her liver, and was taken to the hospital where she was in a stable condition Monday.

Ota was quoted by police as saying her mother regularly pestered her about changing the way she lives and getting a job.

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A 28-year-old unemployed woman

Unemployed? Or is she an underemployed darling of Abenomics?

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She should have been kicked out on her a*#. 28 and still living off mommy????????

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According to police, Naomi Ota stabbed her 60-year-old mother in her right side several times with a kitchen knife after being told by her mother to “get a real job,”

Let's guess here, kabakura? snack? club? soap? conbini? Inquiring minds wish to know what "job" she held.

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Naomi Ota has been able to live without job. Someone must have supported.

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So, here's the first family stabbing this week and counting and, it's only Tuesday.

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Let's guess here, kabakura? snack? club? soap? conbini? Inquiring minds wish to know what "job" she held.

@Yubaru

That was also my first guess, but Japanese media reports that she was unemployed (無職).

TV news footage: http://www.fnn-news.com/news/headlines/articles/CONN00293676.html

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what was wrong in this advice from the mother, which brought such anger

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Hope she gets charged for attempted murder. If she still lives with her parents, she doesn't get the right to live how she wants. If she wants to be umemployed, find a bridge to live under.

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I have a little theory about murders in Japan. Sure, there's lots of random, unexpected stabbings throughout the year. But it could just be me, but I seem to notice an increase in such murders during May~June~July, as if the ridiculous temperatures is the straw that breaks the camel's back and makes people a bit insane.

Like I said it's just a theory, but evidentially speaking, I seem to notice an increase during this time of the year so make of it what you will.

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I'm sure the mother will forgive her -- Love is stronger than hatred, forgiveness much stronger than vengeance.

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It could be that the daughter is experiencing stress and depression because of a lack of employment. Mom may just have been a little too harsh, in the way she phrased her remark.

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One shouldn't generalise. However, I see here that people are very nice to strangers, the bows, smiles everything. But many a time, not so kind to our own blood. So, I'm guessing all that's kept bottled up has only one way to go.

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Ali KhanJUN. 02, 2015 - 08:36AM JST what was wrong in this advice from the mother, which brought such anger

At a guess, it may be that the mother repeatedly berated the daughter for her failings without offering any kind of support towards correcting the problem. Telling someone to get a job isn't exactly helpful when they don't have the necessary skills, or worse, when the economy isn't hiring people with their skillset. In truth, it is nearly a kind of verbal abuse, in that it blames the person for their failures instead of helping them find a way to be a success. We saw something similar a little while ago with a teenage boy who exploded because he was nagged for having a "bad attitude".

Not that words ever justify or excuse physical violence, nor that this daughter is in any way in the right. But it does seem to be a common theme I see here- too many people think they can scold others into fixing their lives instead of, you know, helping them.

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note to self, nix "get a job" around furita types.

no whistling shanana song "get a job" either. too risky.

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"get a real job" implies that she already has a job, but the article states she was unemployed. i think the translation is a bit off here.

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@Naka, that's not incoherent. It's likely the daughter had a number of unsteady job stints, like baito or interim contracts, but she has nothing right now. 30% or more of Japan lives, survives this way, without ever landing a permanent employment. And it's also possible that the mother is one of those bourgeoise that has never needed a 'real job', getting married to a secure paycheck in her youth.

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The seasonal Stabby Summer has begun. Starts in mid May running through July. Be extra vigilant during these months.

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Perhaps her mother and father put her through college, but she ended up being a fritta anyways.

A classic case of such a daughter or son in Japan. 20-30 yrs old, living @ home, working a part time crappy job and bearing no fruits from their college education. Worse, no ambition. Then, she stabs her own mother. Enough!

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Just because she is unemployed doesn't mean that she isn't a "working girl". Likely the mother wouldn't approve of that career.

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Ota was quoted by police as saying her mother regularly pestered her about changing the way she lives and getting a job.

I can go with several directions on this case.

If the mother was complaining about the daughter needing to change her lifestyle, either she was working as a hostess/night industry type job, or had done the "right things" and graduated college, etc and was just living a carefree life of going out, having a good time on trips and generally not taking life serious and not trying to find a husband to settle down. Or, as some said she could be just one of the millions caught up on the job search situation in Japan and her mom who may have a job or is complaining that she needs to approach it from a different manner. Or on another level, the mother may have been the one who was a "night life" type person and wanted her daughter to follow down her path and maybe she didn't want to continue the cycle and was trying to choose a different path.

In any case, neither scenario is justification for murder.

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There is something wrong with a parent who raised a child to speak such words. Good parents raise good children.

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""get a real job" implies that she already has a job, but the article states she was unemployed."

Perhaps she was doing some freelance work?

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"60-year-old mother" could dementia be setting in? could that be part of the reason for her actions?

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The seasonal Stabby Summer has begun.

Cool Shivs

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I guess "Flat-Backin'it in yoshiwara can't be called a "Real Job"!! That's one sick Kitty!

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