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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13-year-old boy commended by police for rescuing woman from train groper

Posted on May 15, 2013. Filed under: Uplifting Stories | Tags: , , |

TOKYO — May 12th, 2013 (Japan Today)

In a small ceremony at the Ukyo Ward Precinct of the Kyoto Prefectural Police recently, Chief Suzuki presented 13-year-old junior high student Ryoga Nomura with a certificate of appreciation for his bravery during a train ride home. Nomura was recognized for almost single-handedly leading police to the arrest of a drunken adult male for inappropriately touching the woman next to him.

The story, according to Nomura, began at around 5 p.m. on April 14. He was returning home from baseball practice on the Sanin rapid train from Kyoto to Nijo Station when he detected “booze stink.” Looking over at the seats across the aisle, he could see an intoxicated male in his 60s sitting next to a 29-year-old woman. The male was persistently touching the woman on her breasts and lower body. The male was sitting on the aisle seat resulting in the woman being pinned between him and the window. She sat silently pressed up against the glass while shaking her head “no” at him.

It wasn’t long before the young man spoke out very calmly and clearly telling the letch, “The lady doesn’t like that, so stop.” The male either too drunk to know better or playing it up so he could get away with it responded by saying things like, “She doesn’t hate it” and “I’m not a pervert.”

Soon after the train arrived at Nijo Station, Nomura chose to remain on the train and play this scenario out. Unshaken, but now a little pissed off because he missed his stop, Nomura went into action. “Everyone around listen up, if this guy flips out, just take him down,” said Nomura sternly yet calmly as he called out to the woman. He was then able to escort her over to where a group of high school girls were waiting, having heard the entire exchange. Rather than flipping out, the male pretended to sleep as if nothing had happened once the woman was out of the seat.

When the train arrived at Saga Arashiyama Station, Nomura immediately went to contact the conductor, who then called the police. Officers arrested the man for indecent assault. Nomura decided to call it a day and go home, but having ridden the train two stops past his destination, he had to buy another ticket (Nomura went past the ticket gates with the police officers, making sure the perpetrator was apprehended). Seeing the hero try to pay extra for his train ride, the cops told him not to worry about it and decided to give him a commendation.

During the presentation ceremony, Nomura said of his actions with a shy smile, “I’m glad, but I just did what’s normal to do in that situation.”

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Woman held for strangling two daughters

Posted on September 17, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , |

CRIME SEP. 16, 2012 – KYOTO —
Police on Sunday arrested a 33-year-old woman for allegedly strangling her two daughters to death at their home in Kyoto.

According to police, they received a phone call from the woman’s husband at 4 p.m. on Saturday, saying that his wife had killed their two daughters, TBS reported. Police rushed to the apartment and found the bodies of the two sisters, Anji Furuta, 9, and Yuan, 6, lying in the livingroom.

Their mother, Yuko, has admitted to killing her daughters, police said, but has so far given no motive. Police said her husband was in Osaka at the time and that she called him there, telling him what she had done.

Japan Today

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Newborn’s positive drug test leads to mom’s arrest

Posted on December 29, 2011. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , |

By MINORU MATSUTANI Dec. 16th, 2011
Japan Times

A new mother in Kyoto who claims she injected amphetamine to ease her labor pains is now under arrest after her newborn tested positive for the illegal drug, police said on Thursday.

“I injected amphetamine on the day I gave birth to my baby because I couldn’t stand the labor pains,” the unemployed woman, 26-year-old Kana Shimizu, was quoted as saying.

Born in critical condition at a Kyoto hospital on Sept. 24, the baby boy has recovered and is now in an orphanage for newborns, an officer at Kyoto’s Higashiyama police station said. The transfer to the orphanage is apparently a temporary arrangement and because the baby’s father has not stepped forward to care for him.

The hospital called police on Sept. 28, once the results of a urine test became known.

Shimizu disappeared from the hospital the same day, but returned to the hospital on Oct. 20 to check on her baby, the officer said.

Upon her arrest that day she was found to be carrying 2.5 grams of amphetamine and 0.2 gram of cannabis. She was quoted as saying, “I possessed them for the purpose of selling them.”

The woman has already been indicted.

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Woman arrested for beating 13-year-old son with wooden sword

Posted on September 26, 2011. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |


Police said Friday they have arrested a woman for allegedly binding her son’s arms and legs with tape and beating him with a wooden sword as punishment. TV Asahi reported that the alleged attack took place on Wednesday at around 9:40 p.m. in the driveway outside the home the woman shared with her son.

Police say the accused, who has been identified as Kazuyo Seiyo, 35, had discovered that her son, aged 13, had begun to skip school and had brought a group of his friends to their house in her absence. Police said the woman made him promise that he wouldn’t do so again. But when she found evidence that his friends had subsequently been to their home, she allegedly bound the boy’s arms and legs with tape and launched a sustained attack which lasted around 10 minutes, TV Asahi reported.

According to police, the boy was hit dozens of times on the head, arms, legs, back and abdomen with a wooden sword. Police say the sword belonged to the boy and had been bought for a school club. The boy sustained bruises and lacerations. His mother has reportedly confessed to the assault, and was quoted by police as saying she flew into a rage when she found out what her son had done.

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