Woman Arrested for Stabbing to Death 14-year-old Daughter

Police on Tuesday arrested a 37-year-old woman for allegedly stabbing to death her 14-year-old daughter at their apartment in Oyama, Tochigi Prefecture.

According to police, the suspect, identified as Yoko Numabe, called emergency services at about 6 a.m. Tuesday and said she had stabbed her daughter. TBS reported that police rushed to the scene and found the girl suffering from a stab wound to the neck. She was taken to hospital where she died on Tuesday night.

Police said Numabe and her daughter lived by themselves. Numabe has so far given no motive for the attack, police said.


Stalker Kills Victim After Police Give Location in Japan

A man who stabbed his ex-girlfriend to death in Japan learned her new married name and where she lived from the police officers who arrested him for stalking her, media reported Friday.

Hideto Kozutsumi was held in Kanagawa prefecture, southwest of Tokyo, last year on charges of stalking and harassing Rie Miyoshi after he repeatedly threatened to kill her in a series of emails following the pair’s split.

Kozutsumi could only email because Miyoshi had married another man, taking his name, and moved to a different city.

Police arrested Kozutsumi for the harassment — reading out an arrest warrant that included his former lover’s new name and location.

Read the rest of the story: Japan stalker kills victim after police give location.


Murder suspect, Chang Chih-yang, commits suicide while in police custody

Chang Chih-yang 張志揚, the primary suspect in the murder of two female Taiwanese students in Tokyo on Thursday, committed suicide in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japanese police confirmed last night.

Chang killed himself by slashing his neck with a knife, the Metropolitan Police Department told a press conference at 9pm in Tokyo.

Police said Chang died of blood loss as he was being rushed to hospital.

Chang was uninjured when he was arrested by police officers and taken in a police car to a nearby station for questioning.

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Toshikazu Sugaya cleared of murder after 17 years in prison

For more than 17 years, Toshikazu Sugaya, a soft-spoken kindergarten bus driver, lived behind bars, serving a life sentence for the murder of a 4-year-old girl.

On Friday, the 63-year-old Mr. Sugaya was cleared of all charges after a judge acknowledged that he had been bullied by investigators into making a false confession — a practice that critics say is all too common in Japan’s criminal justice system.

It was only the sixth time since World War II that a defendant with a finalized death penalty or life sentence had been acquitted in a retrial, according to Kyodo News.

Read the rest of the story: In Rare Reversal, Japan Clears Man Convicted of Murder

Wakaresaseya – Arranged Affairs of the Splitters and Separators

Wakaresaseya (literally “breaker-uppers”) are private companies who bring to an end relationships of all kinds. Employees of these companies pose as strangers who happen to meet the target, and then become involved in an affair.

As well as breaking up couples, entrapping someone into an affair can be useful to an employer who wants to secure the “resignation” of an employee or a businessman seeking “favorable terms.”

Five years ago there were about a dozen companies, but there are now many more on the internet. The industry relies upon the power of shame and is unregulated.

Wakaresaseya perform a variety of functions, but all of them arise from the Japanese dislike of direct confrontation. Rather than pleading with him face to face, a woman whose husband is having an affair may hire a splitter-upper to seduce his mistress away from him. Parents may engage their services to stave off an unsuitable lover of a son or daughter. Dozens of wakaresaseya companies advertise on the internet, under names such as Lady’s Secret Service and Office Shadow. They employ models, actors and personable people of different backgrounds first to trail and then to seduce their quarry.

Though most recently these businesses have been in the news not for their shameful acts, but for a fateful murder.

The story began when a Wakaresaseya “detective”, Kuwabara, approached a 32-year-old mother, Mrs Isohata, in a supermarket in Tochigi Prefecture, north of Tokyo, in the guise of a chatty stranger, and asked her if she could recommend a place that sold good cheesecake.

Before long they were lovers. He used the false identity “Hajime” and made no mention of his own wife and children. By arrangement, a colleague photographed them covertly as they entered a “love hotel” where rooms are rented by the hour — and Mrs Isohata’s husband used this as evidence to divorce her in November 2007. By this time, however, she and Kuwabara were in love.

But when the truth came out in April 2009 the couple had a furious row and she announced that she was leaving him. It ended with her being strangled with a piece of household string. Kuwabara surrendered to the police that same night.

The story ended when prosecutors in Tokyo called yesterday for a 17-year sentence for Takeshi Kuwabara for murdering his lover, Rie Isohata, last year.

However the story doesn’t really end. There are survivors and others involved.

Mrs Isohata’s father said during the trial: “I can never forgive a business that toys with the emotions of human beings.”

“For the rest of my life, I will never forgive the defendant, or my daughter’s ex-husband who hired him, or the wakaresaseya business itself.

“This has devastated not just my daughter’s life, but those of my grandchildren and me.”

Story: Times

What do you think of companies that sale services like Wakaresaseya? Should they be able to profit from such acts?