• Kyodo


Police arrested a man early Wednesday after he allegedly stabbed his girlfriend to death on a street in Tomakomai, Hokkaido. According to investigators, Hideto Obuchi, 37, ambushed Chika Kawazoe, 23, at around 1:45 a.m. Wednesday in front of a bar she operates in the city, stabbing her in the left chest and side.

Kawazoe died of blood loss after being rushed to a nearby hospital.

Obuchi also allegedly stabbed a 34-year-old man who tried to stop the assault, hitting him in the abdomen.

Obuchi, who is unemployed, claims to have been under the influence of alcohol and told police that “Kawazoe has recently been cold” toward him.

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