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A 53-year-old man accused of murdering his 14-year-old son expressed regret Tuesday that he failed to change his son’s “violent” behavior instead of accepting it as self-expression.

“I knew (my son) was suffering, and so I accepted his violence to take in his inner pain … but that resulted in making violence a way of expression for him,” said Takeki Kagawa during his trial at the Tokyo District Court. Kagawa said he should have showed his son different ways of expressing his feelings.

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