• Kyodo


A 27-year-old man was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of stabbing a 17-year-old high school girl to death on her way to school in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture, police said.

The police identified the suspect as Hidemasa Hiraguri, of Susono, Shizuoka Prefecture. Hiraguri is suspected of killing Maki Otake, a third-year student at the private Mishima High School, affiliated with Nihon University, in the prefecture’s Mishima city.

The pair started dating around last summer but Maki later tried to end their relationship, prompting him to allegedly stalk and then threaten to kill her, police said.

Police said she had been stabbed more than 20 times, including in the face, chest and stomach.

Otake was found lying on the ground in the parking lot near JR Numazu Station shortly after 8 a.m. She was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Otake had recently changed her cellular phone number after saying that she had had an unpleasant experience, police said.

Police had been investigating the case suspecting that an acquaintance of the victim may have ambushed her in a bicycle parking lot and stabbed her to death.

Girl held over knifing

A 16-year-old high-school girl was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of fatally stabbing her father when he became angry after finding her with her boyfriend in her room at their home in Shiroyama, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Masaki Higuchi, 44, was stabbed to death after he came home at around 4 p.m. Tuesday and found his daughter with her 16-year-old boyfriend in her room.

Higuchi, who had been opposed to his daughter dating the boy, told him to leave at knifepoint, they added.

After Higuchi chased the boy out of the house, he returned to the girl’s room, where his 76-year-old mother later found him, they said.

Although the girl had initially denied her involvement in the fatal stabbing, she later admitted to the alleged slaying, they added.