• Kyodo


A knife-wielding man stabbed a 46-year-old woman to death Tuesday and wounded her daughter at their home in a quiet residential district of Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, police said.

The assailant stabbed Kyoko Umei in the chest and abdomen at around 10:10 a.m. in the entrance of her home. She bled to death despite being taken to a hospital, the officials said.

Alerted by her mother’s screams, the daughter, Kanna, ran to the entrance, where she was stabbed in the back. Kanna, 21, works in a boutique. Her injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Kanna has told investigators that she does not know the assailant.

Osaka Prefectural Police launched an immediate hunt for the man. No murder weapon has been found.

The killer appeared to be in his 30s, and was wearing a black T-shirt and black jeans.

A neighbor told police he recently saw a man who appeared to be in his 30s watching the Umei home. Police are investigating.

Kyoko Umei was getting ready to leave for her part-time job when she opened the door to her killer. Her screams alerted her daughter, who ran to the door and found the man standing over her mother. He then attacked the daughter and fled, police said.

Kyoko’s other daughter, 16, was reportedly sleeping upstairs when the attack occurred. Woken by the commotion, she came downstairs to find her mother on the floor, soaked in blood. It was she who called police.

“A man may have been standing next to (mom), but I do not remember,” police quoted the 16-year-old daughter as saying.

Police said they will ask Kanna if she exchanged any words with the killer.

“I was so upset that I do not remember being stabbed,” police quoted her as saying.

Kyoko’s husband, Tadanori Umei, 55, works at a nearby dental clinic and was not at home at the time of the attack. He rushed home after learning of the stabbings.

The house is east of Kita Noda Station on the Nankai Koya Line of Nankai Electric Railway Co.

The couple also have a 20-year-old son who lives separately from the family.

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