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46-year-old man, 16-year-old girl found dead in apparent suicide at love hotel

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An unemployed 46-year-old man and a 16-year-old high school girl were found dead in the room of a love hotel in Koshigaya, Saitama Prefecture, in what police believe was a joint suicide.

According to police, the bodies were found at around 5:50 p.m. Sunday, Fuji TV reported. Police said the girl lived in Saitama Prefecture, and the man was from Azumino in Nagano Prefecture.

The two checked in at the hotel at 5 p.m. on Saturday. When they hadn’t checked out by Sunday afternoon, the hotel contacted police. When police entered the room, they found the two occupants hanging from the ceiling with ropes used for mountain climbing. Police said a note was left in the room but did not divulge its contents.

No visible signs of trauma were found on their bodies, and their clothing was not disheveled.

Police said the girl’s family had filed a missing persons report with them.

Police are investigating how the girl and the man became acquaintances and believe they may have met through an online chat site.

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So, two person wanting to die who decided to do it together ?

Damn, that's depressing...

11 ( +11 / -0 )

I’m all for internet freedom, but suicide chat rooms should have links to help lines. Just one bad week and it’s all over.

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Suicide is not illegal in Japan, and for a lot it is a honourable way out.

-10 ( +3 / -13 )

Except that it may be a murder-suicide

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I don’t think the Japanese see suicide as honourable. I think they sometimes just are better at understanding why someone may do it.

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I don’t think the Japanese see suicide as honourable.

Well you clearly don't know much about Japan or the Japanese. Historically, it was the way to properly atone for a litany of offenses, both perceived and real, and remnants of that mentality most definitely remain today.

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16 year olds being found dead in "love hotels", 16 years olds being attacked by hammer-wielding assailants and people wanting to fondle 16 year olds in Shibuya.

All very depressing and a disturbing state of affairs for todays teens. It seemed much simpler, life, when I was that age. But then, it probably always does when you look back through rose-tinted glasses.

Very sad and tragic.

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@Strangerland, you need to study up on Japan, its history and the samurai tradition of suicide over dishonour. Suicide here is still looked at as a honourable way out, then to shame ones self or family.

-10 ( +6 / -16 )

@ sensei

When police entered the room, they found the two occupants hanging from the ceiling with ropes used for mountain climbing. Police said a note was left in the room but did not divulge its contents.

No visible signs of trauma were found on their bodies, and their clothing was not disheveled.

1) Note

.........So planned.

2) No signs of trauma

.........So there was no defence wounds, so not murder suicide

3) Clothing was not disheveled

..........So not a rape, murder, suicide

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Well you clearly don't know much about Japan or the Japanese.

Been here twenty years, and I speak Japanese at a very advanced level. I know plenty about Japan and the Japanese.

Historically, it was the way to properly atone for a litany of offenses, both perceived and real, and remnants of that mentality most definitely remain today.

Historically, yeah. Look around, see many samurais and peasants on the streets? Seen anyone commit any seppuku recently?

@Strangerland, you need to study up on Japan, its history and the samurai tradition of suicide over dishonour.

Um, I already have.

Suicide here is still looked at as a honourable way out, then to shame ones self or family.

And this is where I disagree. People are understanding of why others would commit suicide. But I've never heard anyone other than Westerners try to explain it as some sort of honorable way out. They just don't have the judeo-Christian view of suicide as being unacceptable, and non-understandable, that the west does.

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I think it is an honorable way to go with dignity, as long as all paperwork is done before hand and as long as there is no small print in the life insurance contract.

These two must have been in some sort of manipulated love hold, or it could have been a health thing too.

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What on Earth is a 46 year old doing with a 16 year old anyway? What is wrong with these guys and schoolgirls?

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What on Earth is a 46 year old doing with a 16 year old anyway?

This is the salient point here. Worse than a 46 year old in a love hotel with a 16 year old is that the 46 year old convinced her to commit suicide - or at the very least, cooperated with her (it could have been her intention). What kind of pathetic brain is that in someone who has lived 46 years? She should still be alive. He will probably not be missed.

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Hmm. I'll try again.

Why no checks on the id of the young girl?

Are some of these establishments possibly lax about that kind of thing - is it a case, allegedly, that some places may not ask the pertinent questions when a couple like these walk through the door?

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Didn't the person who checked these two in notice any age difference? Start the questioning with the person at the front desk, but I am sure that has been done.

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Didn't the person who checked these two in notice any age difference? 

maybe you have not been to one, the desk person does not see your face, only your hands.. no ID, no greeting

2 ( +2 / -0 )

maybe you have not been to one, the desk person does not see your face, only your hands.. no ID, no greeting

And that's a place where you go through the front. Many of them you go straight to the room, and never get 'checked in' or even deal with another human.

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@strangerland - And that's a place where you go through the front. Many of them you go straight to the room, and never get 'checked in' or even deal with another human.

Wow! Is this the voice of experience? You seem to know a heck of a lot about the ‘ins and outs’ of live hotels.

-9 ( +0 / -9 )

Another old man taking advantage of a very young girl.

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Wow! Is this the voice of experience?

Yes.

You seem to know a heck of a lot about the ‘ins and outs’ of live hotels.

I do. I've been to a lot of them.

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"honourable way out." What?

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Perhaps the guy murdered her and commit then. She is a amateur prostitute not a school girl! It is no way they were companions!

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It is no way they were companions!

wow shocker! Come on how long have you been here? Don't you see hot 20 year old girls walking with fat bald old guys every night? You think they are real couples? Come on people.

And you think the desk people check the ages of people checking at love hotels? Seriously if you have lived here even a year you should know better

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The rest of the response is missing but I agree there is a more sympathetic view towards suicide in Japan. In other cultures, it may be seen as a way of escape. It is considered honorable if one accepts the ultimate punishment for his sins, beyond what the law calls for, and administers that punishment himself. It may be viewed as honorable if the person is a scapegoat and is taking the punishment of someone else’s sin for which he doesn’t deserve.

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Wow! Is this the voice of experience? You seem to know a heck of a lot about the ‘ins and outs’ of live hotels.

What a ridiculous comment! Trying to shame an adult for having sex? Disillusioned, do yourself a favour and go to one yourself - they are reasonably priced - great for friends who can share a room and cost-cut when travelling, they are comfortable, extremely spacious compared to a business hotel the same price, and they have a massive bed and great bathing facilities.

They are a great place for an affair, sure, but also for a dating couple who live with their parents, parents who want some time away for an evening or night while the kids have a babysitter in, for a travelling family, or for people who can't otherwise find a hotel.

Don't be such a prude.

This same privacy unfortunately leaves the hotel open for problems with violence and suicide. I'm sure they have security cameras discreetly placed.

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It is considered honorable if one accepts the ultimate punishment for his sins, beyond what the law calls for, and administers that punishment himself.

Please show me something written in by the Japanese that says they think it is honorable. Foreigners are the only ones who ever spout this psychobabble.

It's just one of those things that has been repeated so many times, people have started to believe it's accurate.

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Readers, please discuss what is in the story.

Seriously, the parents of this girl filed a missing person report, were certainly worried sick, and discovered that she committed suicide. The first thing on their mind will not be "At least she died well".

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Poor girl.  46 year old unemployed man was the best she could find.

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

Maybe in the old days of Japan, but Japanese most certainly do not consider sacrificing themselves over their personal or public faults. Look at all the fake "opps, we got caught, better say sorry" shows of apology on tv from corporate execs or government staffers. How many of them commit suicide for remorse? The amount fits on one hand.

Koreans have a much more modern history of suicide due to public/professional disgrace.

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The  46 year old man paid the girl to goto love hotel that is very obvious! There is a gap of 30 years of age between them how can they have any romance anymore? The Japanese government should warn their children that doing 'Money for sex' business is you are risking your life. Poor girl, she must be poor for doing this with that middle age man! I am from Hong Kong and there was at least two homicide cases that  little girls run their 'Money for sex' business lead to the lost of their lives in Hong Kong! The 46 year old man anna to die just he wants someone accompany him to die! This is a tragedy!

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In Japanese law the man is to blame, A coroner would order an inquest into the manner which led to the cause of death and the findings would obviously be Murder/suicide, the kid being a minor. The man wanting a partner to die with and found a coercible kid to full fill the dirty deed. Yes i'm an armchair judge.

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A man in the Akei case took his life. Many others also take their lives here. Japan is in the top ranks of the world. Only ever been to a love hotel once because they had very very cheap drinks. Didn’t see any security cameras and our group of 5 paid using a token system.

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Didn’t see any security cameras

Security cameras would defeat the idea of the business. Any love hotel that starts installing them would go out of business.

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A lot of murders or suicides happen at love hotels don't they realise "LOVE" is the key word.

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An unemployed 46-year-old man

Is it really important that he was unemployed? We don't know, maybe he was working from home.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Is it really important that he was unemployed?

It is to the Japanese (and Asians in general).

We don't know, maybe he was working from home.

That would be self-employed, not unemployed.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

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