Nabbed Ex-Vice Min. Cites Fears Spurred by Kawasaki Stabbing


Tokyo, June 3 (Jiji Press)--Former Japanese vice agriculture minister Hideaki Kumazawa, accused of murdering his son, has cited fears about the son spurred by the recent stabbing spree in Kawasaki, investigative sources said Monday.

The 76-year-old suspect made a remark to the effect that "I thought my eldest son would harm others," bearing in mind last week's stabbing rampage in the Kanagawa Prefecture city near Tokyo, in which a number of schoolchildren were attacked, the sources said.

According to Tokyo's Metropolitan Police Department, the son, Eiichiro, 44, had been using violence at home and complained to his father about noise from a nearby elementary school during its recent sports festival.

The department's Nerima Police Station is investigating Kumazawa's motives, believing that the noise from the school caused some trouble that may have led to the murder.

On Monday, the police station sent Kumazawa to the prosecution on suspicion of murder.

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