Archive for October, 2013

Man arrested for killing 2-year-old son shortly after child’s release from care

Posted on October 25, 2013. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , |


A 26-year-old man has been arrested in Wakayama for allegedly beating his 2-year-old son to death, police said.

According to police, Kazuki Hara was arrested after his son Seri died of a subarachnoid hemorrhage due to a violent attack in July.

Fuji TV quoted a child welfare spokesperson as saying that the boy was taken into care in 2011 after Hara allegedly stomped on him and broke several of his bones. However, the District Public Prosecutor’s Office found that Hara’s guilt could not be proven and ordered a suspension of indictment.

While Seri was in care, welfare officials said he met with his father 25 times and stayed at his home on 35 separate occasions. It was deemed safe for Seri to return to his father in June of this year. He died a month and a half later, police said.

Police said Hara has so far denied intent to injure his son. 

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Mother on trial for suffocating 5-year-old son over Nintendo DS argument

Posted on October 7, 2013. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

 Oct. 05, 2013 -TOKYO —

A 42-year-old mother of four has gone on trial in Tokyo, accused of killing her five-year-old son.

Teary-eyed and clinging to a handkerchief as she spoke, Shizu Shigeta admitted that she had caused the death of her son, Koshi, after sealing him inside two plastic garbage bags and then falling asleep beside him while under the influence of sedatives and alcohol.

The mother, who had lived with her husband and children in Mejiro, Tokyo, listened as the prosecution recounted the events leading up to the tragic death of the kindergartener.

On the evening of Sept 1, 2012, allegedly feeling under pressure from work and suffering from lack of sleep, Shigeta was angered to find the living room floor of their family home littered with toys. Grabbing a garbage bag, she began tidying up, stuffing her son’s Nintendo DS in the bag in the process. She headed to bed soon after, hoping to sleep late the next day as it was a Sunday. As she had done on several nights prior to the incident, the seemingly troubled mother swallowed a sleeping pill, washing it down with a glass of shochu whiskey and water.

Despite taking the sedative, however, Shigeta woke twice in the night. Both times, she got up and took another sleeping pill, eventually dozing off and sleeping soundly until around 11 a.m. the next day.

When Shigeta rose the next morning, she found her third son, Koshi, in the living room already up and about. When his mother entered the living room, he immediately asked her for his missing Nintendo DS.

Like any good parent, Shigeta resolved to teach her son that it was not acceptable to spend his days simply doing exactly as he pleased and not tidying up after himself. Angered by her son’s tone and, she maintains, still drowsy from the pills she had taken, however, the mother’s response to her son’s request was far from normal.

“Would you rather breathe or play DS?” she asked the young boy.

Perhaps not sensing his mother’s tone, or, as many young boys do, simply refusing to cooperate after not getting his own way, Koushi replied, “I’d rather play DS.”

Further angered by his words, Shigeta grabbed the boy and bound his hands and feet with plastic twine, then covered both his mouth and eyes with tape. Finally, she pulled a garbage bag over the boy’s head and thrust his feet into another, drawing them together at his waist and sealing them shut.

“I intended to untie him once he’d apologised,” the mother later said. Whether this was indeed the case, it appears that Shigeta, still under the influence of the pills and alcohol she had swallowed, fell asleep again soon after binding her son, leaving him trapped in the bags and unable to breathe.

At 12:15 p.m., the boy’s father entered the room and discovered his son and wife. He tore the bags open, but Koshi was already unconscious. An ambulance was called and the boy was rushed to hospital, but sadly he was pronounced dead three days later. Cause of death: hypoxic encephalopathy, or brain damage caused by lack of oxygen.

Koshi is described in an Asahi Digital news report as having been a “lively kindergartener” whom his mother often doted on and seemingly had trouble disciplining. Shigeta, despite claiming to recall only “fragments” of the incident, admits to killing her son.

Taking into account the circumstances and acknowledging the fact that she appears so remorseful, the prosecution is currently asking that Shigeta serve a sentence of four years in prison.

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Man crashes car, then kills 2-year-old son in Kyoto

Posted on October 7, 2013. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , |

Oct. 04, 2013 – KYOTO —

Police in Kyoto said Friday they have arrested a man over the murder of his 2-year-old son.

According to police, a resident of Ayabe contacted police at around 5 p.m. on Thursday to report that a man had been seen breaking into a vacant house with a young boy.

TBS reported that police arrived at the scene to find the 34-year-old man smashing his son against the ground in a dry river bed nearby. Police say officers apprehended the man as he attempted to make an escape and then charged him with attempted murder. The man’s son was taken to hospital where he was confirmed dead.

Eyewitnesses say the man was violently struggling with officers throughout his arrest and was shouting that both his car and his son had been cursed, TBS reported. Police say they believe the man’s car was involved in a collision with a truck shortly before the incident.

During police questioning, the man reportedly confessed to his son’s murder. However, investigators say his mental health will be assessed in order to establish whether he is of sound mind and is fit to stand trial.

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Yoshinoya to grow rice and vegetables in Fukushima

Posted on October 2, 2013. Filed under: other | Tags: , , , , |

TOKYO —Oct. 2nd, 2013

Major Japanese “gyudon” (beef bowl) chain Yoshinoya said Tuesday it would grow rice and vegetables in Fukushima Prefecture. Operator Yoshinoya Holdings said it had set up a joint venture with local farmers—called Yoshinoya Farm Fukushima—to grow rice, onions and cabbages in a 4.3-hectare field in Shirakawa, 80 kilometers from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. It will also build a facility to process vegetables for use in Yoshinoya restaurants across the nation, the firm said, adding strict radiation screening measures will be put in place. “We believe this will lead to support for reconstruction,” Yoshinoya said in a statement. It said the move would also help it secure low-priced ingredients for its beef bowl dishes. Large swathes of Fukushima were evacuated after a nuclear emergency erupted in March 2011 when a quake-triggered tsunami smashed into a nuclear power station on the coast, sending reactors into meltdown and spreading radiation over a wide area. Tens of thousands of people are still unable to return to their homes around the plant, while the government has lifted exclusion zones in some areas. Farmers across a relatively large area of Fukushima that is mainly unaffected by the disaster have complained about plunging prices for their produce. Many consumers, wary of the taint from the nuclear disaster, continue to avoid food carrying the Fukushima tag. © 2013 AFP

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