• Kyodo


The parents of a 19-year-old boy suspected of killing a 20-year-old female college classmate sent an e-mail to the college saying they hoped their son would tell the truth about the crime, officials at the college said Tuesday.

The e-mail was sent to Toru Amano, president of the Tokuyama College of Technology. Amano told reporters he received the e-mail late Monday night after he visited the boy’s parents at their home.

During the meeting, the parents told Amano they wanted to apologize to the parents of the victim, Ayumi Nakatani, who was studying civil and architectural engineering at the five-year technical college in Shunan, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

The parents said in the e-mail that they cannot understand why their son killed another person, according to Amano.

Nakatani’s case cannot move forward unless he is found as soon as possible or turns himself in voluntarily, the parents were quoted as saying in the e-mail.

Meanwhile, the boy’s mother told reporters through the door of her home Tuesday that she has had no contact with her son.

Nakatani was found strangled Aug. 28 in a laboratory at the college.

Police obtained an arrest warrant the following day for the boy, who apparently sped away from the school by motorcycle.

His name is being withheld because he is a minor.

Slain woman’s son

SAPPORO (Kyodo) A 16-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of arranging his mother’s murder in Wakkanai, Hokkaido, said the woman annoyed him with her constant nagging, police sources said.

“My mom nags me about everything. She’s obnoxious,” the sources quoted the boy as telling a former classmate when he was in his first year of junior high school. “She tells me to study all the time.”

This is the first indication the boy, who cannot be named because he is a minor, was unhappy with his 46-year-old mother.

The boy had told police he was upset by his parents’ divorce.

They suspect that relations between the boy and his mother took a turn for the worse after his parents divorced about four years ago, and are questioning his former and current classmates and teachers about this situation.

The boy allegedly consulted a 15-year-old friend in early August with a plan to kill his mother. The two allegedly decided Aug. 26 to carry out the plan, and the friend is believed to have committed the slaying the following day, according to investigators.

The son has told police he offered to pay his friend 300,000 yen to kill his mother, although no money changed hands, police said.

The friend has been arrested on suspicion of murdering the woman.

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