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Woman suspected of killing bedridden husband commits suicide

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Police said Monday that a woman who was suspected of killing her bedridden husband on Saturday was floating in a nearby pond on Sunday. According to police, Kagawa-cho resident Takashi Higashihara, 73, was discovered dead in his home by his family on Saturday night. He had been strangled by a rope made of cloth.

His wife Mitsuko, 67, had gone missing. On Sunday morning, around 8 a.m., her body was discovered floating in a nearby pond, and authorities suspect she committed suicide after the incident.

Police suspect that Higashihara's wife, who had been taking care of her bedridden husband, was exhausted by her responsibilities toward her husband. A note found in the home stated, "I'm so tired. It's time to go to a faraway place."

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Desperate times. Must be very hard to look after a totally dependent adult. No blame, just pity.

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Sad indeed. In this modern world were extended families seem to longer exist, I just can't imagine how worse it will get in the near future.

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Third one reported from JT in three days, who will be next tomorrow? Good news Japan, NOT! Terrible. Japan sucks!

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I hope neither of these folks suffered on their way to the void. Sad story.

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A rope made of cloth? You mean a cloth? Times aren't so hard that people are reduced to making their own ropes now, surely?

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The poor woman was at her wits end, It is a story told near and far I pray people,young and old alike will wake up and smell the coffee!

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The old boy might have asphyxiated himself to spare his wife and himself from so much suffering. She feeling despondent at a loss of her beloved husband and ridiculed probably couldn't take it anymore and she checked out of this world too. People can only take so much and something gives. Sometimes the sweet kiss of death seems more merciful than living in mental or physical pain. Being accused of something you did not do does make one feel ostracized and shunned by society. Once detached from society; one may loose heart and surrender the will to live. Remember the Japanese children who had such a tough time being accepted by universities and they didn't want to live? i know that feeling too. The old boy may have strangled himself to spare his wife. Sometimes one wonders if an old dog suffering horrid arthritis had thrown himself in front of a car to end the misery. Haven't you ever thought that? Poor Mommasan; she really died from shame loneliness and sorrow. Don't you feel sorry for her?

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RIP ojiisan and obaasan! What a horible way to go! Don't they have kids or grandkids to help them out?

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may they both RIP,...........

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So sad. What has happened to families friends and neighbors? True we are all struggling but then help each other out. Even though there are many negative aspects to the family structure in India and the neighboring countries, I appreciate one thing. We look after our parents, family and sometimes even neighbors. Even in the cold Russia, I feel people take care of their families and neighbors better. What is the big idea of earning big money and live a flashy life if you cannot take care of your own family? I am not criticising, but I am sure there must have been someone known to them who could have helped in some way. But then again, I am not sure, it must have been too tough for the man and woman at that age, and at these critical times...

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Blessed are those with several daughters – as they are the caregivers and visitors for people in their latter years. Taking physical care of a bed-ridden person is very hard work. There is some help available, such as a weekly assistance visit, but even if she was using it - no doubt the majority of the effort was hers.

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(“I’m so tired. It’s time to go to a faraway place.”) Pitty for this woman. RIP for both. It is shame that such elderly people don't get any assistance from 'JAP GOV.' Elderly people were also taxpayers at one stage, and now they are treated like animals on the streets. Shame on you Japan.

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Chalk up another one for Japanese social services - if there were any!

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Yep, pitiful state of social services here in FIRST WORLD japan. Joke. Stupid politicians, graft, greed, corruption rampant from the basement to the top of Shinjuku tower, capital buildings. To hull with the little guy. (Just like papa USA, eh.)

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bcbrownboy, how's that?

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he means lack of welfare in the states compared to other first world countries, perhaps.

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Amen.

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