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A couple were found slain on a street in Narashino, Chiba Prefecture, early Wednesday and their son, who apparently killed them, was discovered lying dead nearby after thrusting a kitchen knife into his chest, police said.

The three were identified as Kunio Oshio, 55, his 52-year-old wife, Mitsuko, and their 22-year-old son, Takeshi. All three were pronounced dead at a local hospital.

The son is suspected of having committed suicide after stabbing his parents to death, and police said they plan to turn the apparent murder-suicide case over to prosecutors and investigate to determine the motive.

Chiba Prefectural Police said a passerby reported seeing a young man straddling a man and woman who were on the ground at around 6:10 a.m.

According to an investigation and witness accounts, the three had gotten into an argument at their home. The couple fled but were chased by the knife-wielding son, who overcame and then repeatedly stabbed them, police said.

A man living nearby said he heard a woman scream at around 6 a.m. He then saw Oshio run out of his house, followed by his wife and the son. Another man shouted for the younger man to stop the attack, at which point the son momentarily returned home before coming out again.

When the second man asked him what happened, he reportedly said, “A lot of things.” He then went back into the house a second time, came back out holding a knife and stabbed himself in the chest, witnesses said.

The Oshios had moved into the neighborhood in February from Yokohama because the father had been transferred. Neighbors said the family seemed to get along with each other. An older son lives in Niigata Prefecture, according to investigative sources.

Street stabbing

KITAKYUSHU (Kyodo) A 20-year-old woman in Kitakyushu sustained minor wounds Wednesday morning when she was stabbed in the lower back on her way to work, police said.

The woman, who works at a kindergarten, was attacked at around 6:55 a.m., but none of her belongings was taken, police said. Because she doubled over immediately after being stabbed, she did not see who her assailant was, they added.

Because she did not hear the sound of a motorcycle or car, investigators suspect the attacker fled on foot.

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