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A 48-year-old company director was fatally stabbed while cycling through Ageo, Saitama Prefecture, on Thursday afternoon, police said.

The incident occurred at around 3:45 p.m., investigators said, adding that they have apprehended the suspect, who was only identified as a 40-year-old unemployed man who lives nearby.

The victim, identified as Takanobu Tsuzura, a director at an automobile maintenance firm, was rushed to hospital but died shortly afterward. He suffered stab wounds to the neck and other places, police said.

The suspect only gave incoherent responses during questioning and at times lay on the questioning room floor, they said, adding he has a record of psychiatric treatment.

Witnesses saw the suspect stab Tsuzura several times, according to police. An officer alerted to the incident used his beat stick to strike the knife from the man’s hand before subduing him, they said.

Tsuzura was carrying auto parts to a car maintenance garage when he was attacked. The suspect lives next door to this garage, and police are investigating reports that the suspect had been involved in a quarrel with the garage operators over some plants in his yard.

Husband kills wife

MATSUYAMA, Ehime Pref. (Kyodo) A 52-year-old Ehime man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of stabbing his wife to death with a spear after her failed attempt to stop him from setting fire to their home, police said.

According to investigators, Uwajima resident Shoichi Yasunaga was arrested for allegedly inflicting multiple stab wounds upon his wife, Mayumi, at around 4:20 a.m.

The spear, about a meter in length with a 12-cm point, was kept in the Yasunaga’s home, police said.

The woman, who was taken to hospital by firefighters, later died from blood loss. Yasunaga has admitted to the allegations, police said.

The couple live with their 21-year-old daughter, who was out when the incident occurred, they added. Their two-story home burned to the ground.

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