Mother dies after jumping from 8th floor with 3-year-old son

Posted on April 6, 2016. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , |

TOKYO — March 29th, 2016

A 32-year-old woman died after jumping with her 3-year-old son from the balcony of her 8th floor apartment in Tokyo’s Arakawa Ward, police said Monday. The child suffered heavy injuries but survived the incident which police said was a probably murder-suicide attempt, Sankei Shimbun reported.

At around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, police received a call reporting that a woman and a child were lying on the grounds of a condo in the Nishi-nippori area. The woman and her son were taken to hospital where she was confirmed dead. The boy had broken ribs and was in a stable condition on Monday.

Police said the mother grabbed her son and jumped from the balcony while her husband was cooking in the kitchen. No suicide note or any other clue to her motive were found, police said.

Japan Today

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Man jailed for 6 years for beating, coercing stepson to commit suicide

Posted on December 30, 2015. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |


A 42-year-old man, who was arrested for abusing his 14-year-old stepson and coercing the boy to commit suicide in 2014, has been sentenced to six years in prison.

The Tokyo District Court handed down its ruling on Akira Murayama on Thursday, Fuji TV reported. Murayama had testified that he beat his stepson Yuito but denied ever telling him to commit suicide.

The court heard that Murayama violently hit the boy across the face, chest, and other parts of his body on July 29, 2014. The boy’s mother found him hanging by his neck above his bed at their apartment in Nishi-Tokyo at around 9 a.m. on July 30. The mother called 119 and the boy was taken to hospital where he died a short time later.

At the hospital, medical personnel discovered bruising all over the boy’s body. Police later arrested Murayama on a charge of assault.

Yuito’s mother told police that when Murayama beat him on July 29, he told the boy he should kill himself within 24 hours.

Murayama told the court that the boy’s mother also beat the boy.

After his arrest for assault, Murayama said he had been disciplining his stepson since April 2013, hoping it would make him stronger. He also forced the boy to wear a face mask after telling him that he had bad breath.

Yuito’s classmates said that when he attended a sports meet in 2014 they could see bruises on his arms and legs.

The court heard that Murayama refused to let Yuito go to school for about two months before his suicide.

Murayama had been living with Yuito and his mother since 2011.

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Father, son dead; another son in coma after murder-suicide attempt

Posted on December 30, 2015. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death, Child Custody and Visitation | Tags: , , , |


A 60-year-old man and his son, in his 40s, were found dead in their apartment in Ayase, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Friday, police said. The man’s younger son, in his 30s, was also found in a coma. All three had suffered knife wounds to the stomach.

Fuji TV reported that police received a call at around 12:15 a.m. Friday, in which the male caller said, “I’ve killed my father and older brother and I’m going to kill myself, too.”

When police arrived at the scene, they found the apartment locked. After gaining entry into the apartment, they found the older man and his oldest son already dead. The second son was still alive and taken to hospital where he remains in a coma.

Police believe the younger son may have stabbed his father and older brother and then himself. A bloodied knife was found beside the younger brother, police said.


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Mother leaps to death with 1-year-old twin daughters

Posted on April 26, 2015. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

CHIBA — April 4th, 2015

The bodies of a 38-year-old woman and her one-year-old twin daughters were found on the ground beside a apartment building in Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture, on Friday morning.

Police said it appears the woman, holding her daughters, jumped to her death from the 11th floor roof at around 9 a.m. The woman did not live in the building, police said.

According to police, the woman worked for the Chiba prefectural police department, Fuji TV reported. Sources close to the investigation said the woman had been suffering from a mental illness over the past few years. She was currently on maternity leave.

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Mother jumps from roof while holding 17-day-old baby

Posted on April 26, 2015. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

SAITAMA — April 9th, 2015

A woman jumped from the roof of a building, while holding her 17-day-old baby daughter in her arms, in Saitama City, police said.

The woman, who is in her 30s, survived the fall but the baby died, Fuji TV reported Thursday.

Police said a call came into 110 at around 9:20 a.m., reporting that a woman and a baby were on the ground in front of an apartment building in Urawa Ward. The mother, though in critical condition was still alive at the scene, but the baby girl had fractures in her cranium, and was later confirmed dead at hospital.

Paramedics who spoke with the mother in the ambulance on the way to the hospital, said she admitted that her jump from the top of the building had been on purpose.

Police said the woman’s husband had gone to work when the incident occurred.

Japan Today

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Woman, infant son die in apparent murder-suicide

Posted on September 5, 2014. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

August 19th, 2014

A woman in her 30s jumped to her death from the roof of her apartment building in Tokyo after apparently killing her 7-month-old son, police said Tuesday.

According to police, the woman’s husband returned home from work at around 8 p.m. Monday and found the body of his wife lying beside the car park of their apartment complex in Kokubunji. TV Asahi reported that the man called police and then discovered the body of his 7-month-old son lying on a futon in their second-floor apartment.

Police said that both mother and son were taken to hospital but confirmed dead on arrival.

Police believe the mother killed the child and then went up to the roof of the building and jumped to her death.

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3 children, mother fall to deaths from 14th floor of Chiba condo

Posted on June 15, 2014. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , |

Police in Yachiyo, Chiba Prefecture, said Sunday that a 35-year-old woman and her three children, aged 2, 6 and 7, fell to their deaths from the 14th floor of an apartment block.

According to police, the incident occurred just before 6 p.m. Saturday. TBS quoted police as saying that the family did not live in the building but resided about two kilometers away, and believe the mother may have thrown the children to their deaths first and then jumped.

Police said they received a call from a passerby saying that four bodies were lying on the grounds of the apartment complex.

Police rushed to the scene and found the bodies of Kyoko Kozu, 35, her 7-year-old son, 6-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son. They were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead.

Police said they found a bag containing Kyoko’s belongings on the 14th floor stairwell.

Kyoko’s 32-year-old husband was at work at the time of the incident and police said they are questioning him about what might have motivated his wife to kill herself and their children.

Japan Today

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3 school bullies sent to child consultation center following suicide of victim

Posted on June 11, 2013. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death, Bullying | Tags: , , , , |

JUN. 11, 2013 -KANAGAWA —

Police in Kanagawa Prefecture said Tuesday that three junior high school students have been sent to a child consultation center following the suicide of a boy they bullied.

According to police, the second-grade students confessed to holding down and hitting the boy, also a second-grader, at a school in Yugawara in late February this year. TBS reported that the victim later took his own life at his home in April.

It is believed that his suicide was connected to the bullying he had suffered at school. In a questionnaire handed to students, several said they had seen the boy being bullied at least 40 times.

During questioning, the boys told investigators that they had bullied the deceased boy for fun, TBS reported.

At a press conference on Monday, the board of education responsible for the school apologized for failing to identify and deal with the bullying. A spokesman said that teachers at the school had not been aware the boy was being bullied.

Japan Today

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Man kills 3 family members, then himself

Posted on May 17, 2013. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , |

 May. 17, 2013 – CHIBA —

Police said Friday they have found four dead bodies in an apartment in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, in what is believed to have been a family murder-suicide.

Fuji TV reported that a building manager discovered the bodies of two adults and two children in the apartment at about 2 p.m. on Thursday and informed the police.

According to police, Shino Nonaka, 39, her 12-year-old daughter Ayane and 10-year-old son Junpei were each found lying dead on their futons. Police said all three had bruising on their necks consistent with strangulation.

Shino’s husband, Kenji, 43, was found strangled to death by a length of rope attached to a doorknob.

Police say that the apartment had been locked from the inside and that no signs of forced entry could be found, leading them to believe that Kenji Nonaka murdered his family before committing suicide.

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Mother, son found dead in apparent murder-suicide

Posted on October 12, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

Crime Oct. 11, 2012 – KAGOSHIMA —

Police said Thursday that a 33-year-old woman apparently stabbed her 9-year-old son to death and then hanged herself at their home in Kagoshima.

According to police, the woman, identified as Rika Yamashita, stabbed her son Kosei in the neck and then hanged herself sometime on Wednesday morning, TBS reported. The bodies were found by Yamashita’s father when he visited the apartment in the afternoon.

Police said that Yamashita lived alone with her son and that the two of them had recently moved to Kagoshima from another prefecture.

The principal of Kosei’s school was quoted as saying that he was a bright boy. However, Yamashita suffered from depression and was worried about the future, according to her relatives.

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Boy dies in apparent suicide from bullying

Posted on September 11, 2012. Filed under: Bullying | Tags: , , , |

The Yomiuri Shimbun
SAPPORO–A middle school student has fallen to his death from an apartment building in an apparent bullying-related suicide.

Police believe the 12-year-old male student jumped from the building in Sapporo to kill himself.

At about 7:10 a.m. Wednesday, a neighbor found the boy lying on the street in front of the building where he lived. The boy was then taken to a hospital and pronounced dead at about 8 a.m. from severe bodily injuries, sources said.

According to Hokkaido prefectural police and the Sapporo city education board, the boy’s belongings included what appeared to be a suicide note saying, “I want to die because I’ve been bullied.”

(Sep. 7, 2012)

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Junior high school boy committed suicide over bullying in April 2011: education board

Posted on September 11, 2012. Filed under: Bullying | Tags: , , , |

YATSUSHIRO, Kumamoto — A third-year junior high school student committed suicide in April 2011 after being bullied by his schoolmates, the education board here said on Sept. 10.

A memo found in a pocket of the 14-year-old boy’s clothing read in part, “It was grueling,” the education board said, adding that the memo had a list of names of several students who had apparently bullied him. The education board and his school interviewed the victim’s classmates, home room teacher and others as part of their investigations into the case. The investigations found that the boy had begun to be verbally abused and ostracized in his club activity in the first semester and in class in the second semester of the second year in junior high school.

The education board concluded that the students mentioned in the boy’s memo and other schoolmates had been engaged in the bullying. Several students and their guardians apologized to the bereaved family of the victim, according to the education board.

The education board said it had “refrained from announcing the findings at the request of the bereaved family.” But the education board decided to release the findings in time with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s fact-finding investigations into bullying. Toshikuni Takaue, chairman of the municipal education board said, “We truly feel sorry that we could not protect his precious life.”

September 11, 2012(Mainichi Japan)

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Bullied junior high school boy commits suicide in Sappo

Posted on September 6, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |


A junior high school boy from Sapporo committed suicide on Wednesday by jumping from the roof of his apartment block, police said Thursday.

According to police, the 12-year-old boy was found on the ground outside of the apartment block in which he lived at about 7:30 a.m., NTV reported. He was taken to hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.

Police said a note was found in the boy’s room, indicating that he was being bullied at school and had decided to kill himself. The boy’s school reported that he had been an active member of his school club and had not been absent from school.

The Sapporo Board of Education has announced that it plans to hold a meeting to discuss ways of dealing with bullying in the future.

Japan Today

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Bullying countermeasures spreading at education boards after suicide in Otsu

Posted on August 20, 2012. Filed under: Bullying | Tags: , , , , , |

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Moves to curb school bullying are spreading across Japan in the wake of an incident in which a bullied second-year junior high school boy in the Shiga Prefecture city of Otsu committed suicide.

In the Otsu case, the boy’s school came under criticism for failing to detect signs of bullying, and conducting a sloppy probe after his suicide. By reinforcing intervention by prefectural and municipal education boards, education officials hope to curb bullying at an early stage.

The Mainichi Shimbun surveyed education boards in all 47 of Japan’s prefectures and in 20 major cities on their response to school bullying. In July, the Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education informed some 2,200 public elementary, junior high and high schools under its jurisdiction to report the number of cases of bullying at schools — including suspected cases — as well as their response to these cases. Previously schools would report only the number of confirmed cases, three times a year.

“In light of the problem in Otsu, we felt it was necessary to expand our scope to avoid overlooking any signs of bullying,” an education board representative said. “We will follow up on cases in which bullying is suspected from September onwards, responding firmly.”

Previously at the Shizuoka Prefectural Board of Education, only serious cases of bullying were reported to board members, but in July, Superintendent of Education Toru Abe declared that all future cases would be reported. It emerged that in one case, bullying at a prefectural high school had continued for about a year, and the perpetrator was suspended, but the prefectural education board office didn’t deem the case serious, and refrained from reporting it. This sparked calls for greater transparency.

“We had restricted the number of reports to avoid an information overload, but as we reviewed our response to bullying cases, we decided that this wasn’t appropriate. If there are any insufficiencies in the office’s response we want board members to give us instructions from a broad perspective,” a board representative said.

To encourage a speedy response from schools, the Nara Prefectural Board of Education has produced a quick response manual for educators, while the Kyoto and Tottori prefectural education boards and the Fukuoka Municipal Board of Education are revising their past manuals.

The Shiga Prefectural Board of Education has instructed schools where past cases of bullying were detected to conduct new inspections. The Ibaraki Prefectural Board of Education, meanwhile, has confirmed that it will actively report criminal behavior to police.

Eiichi Kajita, former president of Hyogo University of Teacher Education, commented, “Education board secretariats should properly share information, and board members should be aware of their responsibility and frankly discuss the problems together, each member fulfilling his or her role. It’s important that teachers and schools don’t bottle up their problems, but maintain the awareness they are raising children together.”

August 20, 2012(Mainichi Japan)

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Woman kills three children and herself in charcoal-burning murder-suicide

Posted on May 24, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

Crime May. 24, 2012 – FUKUOKA —

Police said Wednesday that a woman and her three children died in a murder-suicide in Fukuoka after their bodies were discovered in a car.

According to police, the children’s grandmother and one of their school teachers were searching for the children after they failed to attend school on Tuesday. They discovered the bodies in a parking lot outside an apartment block in Fukuoka at about 11:45 a.m., Fuji TV reported.

The 28-year-old woman and her three children, aged 6, 9, 10, were found in the car, which also contained a charcoal burner. Police say that they were no visible injuries on the family and that they believe all four died of hypoxia brought about by carbon monoxide poisoning, Fuji reported.

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15-year-old girl jumps to death from Yokohama school building

Posted on April 12, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

Apr. 12, 2012 -YOKOHAMA —
Police said Wednesday that a 15-year-old girl jumped to her death from the 5th floor of a school building in Yokohama.

According to police, the incident occurred at about 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Tamagawa Gakuen, TBS reported. A teacher witnessed the girl climb over the railing and jump. The girl was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

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Record high for youth suicide / Suicide rates among students increased nearly 11% last year

Posted on March 10, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , |

The Yomiuri Shimbun

The number of students who committed suicide last year in the country hit a record figure of 1,029, up 101 cases or 10.9 percent from the previous year, the National Police Agency said Friday.

It was the first time that the number exceeded 1,000 since the NPA started recording statistics in 1978.

The NPA also reported the total number of suicides across the nation has exceeded 30,000 for 14 consecutive years up to 2011, though the number declined by 1,039, or 3.3 percent, to 30,651 from the previous year.

Of the students, the number of university students who killed themselves rose by 16 to 529 from the previous year while the number of high school students who did so increased by 65 to 269, according to the NPA. The combined figures accounted for about 80 percent of the total number of students who committed suicide.

By age group, the number of people 19 or younger who committed suicide rose by 12.7 percent to 622 from the previous year, and the figure for those in their 20s increased by 2 percent to 3,302.

Of the students, 140 committed suicide due to academic underachievement and 136 did so due to worries about their future after leaving school, the NPA said.

Of the total, the number of males who killed themselves decreased by 1,328 to 20,955 from the previous year, and the number of females increased by 289 to 9,696. The number of female suicides exceeded 30 percent of the total for the first time since 1997.

By age, suicide victims in their 60s numbered 5,547 and formed the largest group among all age brackets, though the figure was down 6.1 percent from the previous year.

Among the reasons given for 22,581 people committing suicide, the largest portion, 14,621, or 65 percent, left indications that they had killed themselves due to health problems. The reasons were found in suicide notes or other evidence.

Those who committed suicide because of economic problems totaled 6,406, those who did so due to domestic problems numbered 4,547. School issues accounted for 429 cases, according to the NPA.

Meanwhile, 56 people killed themselves for reasons related to the Great East Japan Earthquake in the period from June 2011 through January this year, according to the Cabinet Office.

Regarding reasons for the disaster-related suicides, health issues and economic woes were cited as the main reasons for 16 victims respectively.


Young people suffering

Universities and other organizations across the nation have begun efforts to understand young persons’ anguish.

“I can’t imagine a better life in the future. I feel it is easier to die [than to keep living],” a long-haired boy in his late teens wearing jeans was quoted as saying by Yusen Maeda, a chief priest of a temple in Minato Ward, Tokyo.

At his temple, Maeda, 41, counsels and discusses the problems of young people seeking his advice.

In the winter of 2008, a university student came to the temple and told Maeda he was unable to join a social circle or make friends with any classmates, even after six months had passed since he entered the university.

“I don’t know why I’m living,” he was quoted as saying.

Because the student spoke in a calm manner, Maeda did not feel a sense of urgency in his message. However, he then found fresh scars from wrist-cutting on both of his arms.

The student, who met Maeda about 100 times over three years, quit university. He now is going to technical school for music in hopes of becoming a musician.

“It seems he finally found a life of his own after experiencing agony. I think there should be more places where young people can bare their true feelings,” Maeda said.

Tsukuba University has a psychiatrist and counselor on campus on a regular basis.

According to the university’s lecturer Jun Sato, 39, who meets with students for consultations, many of the students are worried about getting jobs and having relationships with friends. And an increasing number of students are in financial distress, he said.

Tsukuba, Yamaguchi and other universities have created a manual for teachers on proper relationships with students.

Toyama University set up a suicide prevention office at the end of 2009.

The office sometimes confirms the safety of students whose parents cannot contact them by visiting the students’ dwellings.

“There is little chance lately [for young people] to be present at the deathbeds of [relatives] at home. I think death has become a less serious issue because of TV games and other things. We need to teach them the importance of life and death,” said Hironobu Ichikawa, advisor at Tokyo Metropolitan Children’s Medical Center.

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12-year-old girl killed after lying down on railway tracks

Posted on March 2, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

Mar. 01, 2012 – 06:45AM TOKYO

A 12-year-old girl was killed after she lay down on railway tracks and waited for a speeding train in an apparent suicide, Tokyo police said Wednesday.

The elementary school student died after she was hit by a freight train just after 5 a.m. on the JR Yokosuka line between Nishi-Oi and Musashikosugi stations in Shinagawa Ward on Tuesday.

A letter from the girl that appeared to be a farewell note was found at her home.

“Given the circumstances, we suspect she committed suicide,” a police spokesman said.

Japan has one of the world’s highest suicide rates, with more than 31,000 people taking their own lives in 2010.

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Gov’t to launch survey on school bullying after 12-yr-old girl’s suicide

Posted on January 18, 2011. Filed under: Bullying, Suicide | Tags: , , , , , , |

The education ministry said Wednesday that it will conduct a nationwide survey of bullying in schools following the suicide last month of sixth-grader Akiko Uemura, in Kiryu, Gunma Prefecture. Uemura’s mother found the 12-year-old hanging by a scarf from a curtain rail in her room Oct 23. It is believed the girl took her own life due to bullying at school that apparently started sometime last year after her mother, who is from the Philippines, visited the school for an event.

After an initial denial, Niisato Higashi Elementary School admitted Monday she had been a frequent target of abuse by classmates. The education ministry said it has told prefectural boards of education to conduct periodic surveys on bullying. The ministry also urged schools and local-level authorities to cooperate with families of schoolchildren to deal with the problem.

To read the full story in Japan Today, click on the link below.

Death due to Bullying

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Suicides in Japan top 30,000 for 13th straight year

Posted on January 13, 2011. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death, Suicide | Tags: , , , , |

It is quite easy to reduce the number of suicides in Japan. Just don’t payout the insurance money if the death is a suicide. If Japan did this the suicide rate would be cut in half. According to Japan Today, the number of people who committed suicide in Japan totaled 31,560 in 2010, topping 30,000 for the 13th straight year, the National Police Agency said in a preliminary report on Friday.
Since assuming power in September 2009, the Democratic Party of Japan-led government has taken steps to help those at risk of suicide.

The government’s anti-suicide campaigns last year appear to have had some effect as the number of people who committed suicide declined in the months immediately following the campaigns, falling 15.9% in April and 13.5% in October from a year earlier.

In November, however, the number of cases rose 10%, partially because of the prolonged economic downturn.

The number of people committing suicide declined for six months in a row in the first half of last year but rose and fell in successive months.

While 2008 and 2009 saw some months in which over 3,000 people committed suicide, the number of cases remained below 3,000 each month last year.

Of those who committed suicide last year, 22,178 were men and 9,382 women, continuing the trend for a higher number of cases among men.

The government set up an emergency strategy team at the Cabinet Office in autumn 2009 in concert with civic groups and doctors working on suicide prevention.

The team worked on measures to be implemented by related ministries and agencies, including expanding public counters where people can get advice about mental health and debt problems, and compiling region-by-region suicide prevention steps based on relevant police statistics.

The government set up a task force involving cabinet ministers last September to carry out the measures.

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