Hikikomori Rampage Shocks Japan
Hikikomori Rampage Shocks Japan
A couple of weeks back there was a horrific attack on innocent school children and the accompany adults. A blatant loss of innocent life in such a matter is this is truly a heartbreaking story. There’s some specific Japanese thumbprints on this particular crime.
The perpetrator of this heinous crime, committed suicide after taking the lives of a man and a child, lived with his aunt and uncle in a situation in what is known as “hikikomori”.
Normally these are men in their 40s and 50s, and to a much lesser degree women. They have no job, no hope, and no future. They sit locked away in the rooms, with room and board provided for free by the unfortunate elderly burdened with taking care of these mentally ill citizens of Japan.
In case you didn’t hear the story: this deranged individual took a knife and stabbed several children and adults while rampaging in a suburb of Tokyo.
Most unfortunately, on May 28, 2019, an 11-year-old girl, and a 39-year-old high level diplomat who spoke fluent Burmese, found the end of their life on the street at the hands of the deranged madman.
This story becomes all the more extreme, if not so much more macabre and bizarre if I do say so myself.
Then, on June 1st, an elderly high level retired bureaucrat took his own son life by stabbing him to death in their home.
Ex-top farm ministry official says Kawasaki attack prompted his murder of son
This distraught father’s son recently moved back home and had been violent towards them.
Moreover, he was using threatening language towards neighborhood children yelling “if you are being so noisy I will kill you all”
Hideaki Kumazawa, 76, told investigators that he “thought my son might harm others” after finding out about the stabbing rampage last Tuesday.
This honourable Japanese father then made the decision to stab his son to death in order to mitigate any kind of shame coming onto the family with a copycat murder.
I can feel the pain and suffering of this Japanese father deep in my own heart, as I know how these people think.
He made his only choice, and that was to mitigate the problem by killing his son so not to have shame brought onto their family,
In all probability this man who took the life of his own child came from fine pedigree.
In case you have ever doubted this, honour and dignity are paramount in this vertical society (tateshakai: a society in which vertical relationships are regarded as important)
If you asked the Japanese what they think of this incident, I believe you will get an unexpected answer across the spectrum of demographics.
Asked an older Japanese person, if this man did the right thing in taking his own sons life, and see what answers you get.
I don’t know this for sure, but I suspect that a lot of elderly Japanese believe that this former diplomat (Japanese ambassador to the Czech Republic from 2005 to 2008) did the right thing by taking his son life.
What do you think about this?
Land Of The Rising Son aims to examine these phenomena, and to seek ways to help these families as the resident and citizens of Japan work together as a community toward a harmonious and meaningful future.
You can read more about this at the below links.
Kawasaki stabbing rampage leaves three dead, including schoolgirl and suspect; 17 injured