• Kyodo News


A Fukushima man arrested on suspicion of murdering a Tokyo man and wounding his wife has claimed he wasn’t acquainted with the victim but had “wanted to steal money in an affluent neighborhood,” police said Friday.

Yoshiaki Kimura, 65, from Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, was arrested Thursday.

Police allege he fatally stabbed former company executive Michio Ohara, 87, and injured his 81-year-old wife, Ruriko, in Meguro Ward on Jan. 10.

Police say Kimura, armed with a knife and a sickle and posing as a delivery man from a department store, stabbed Michio Ohara about a dozen times at the entrance of his house.

Ruriko Ohara suffered a minor cut to her right hand.

Kimura reportedly told police he picked the Ohara house as it caught his eye and stabbed the owner when he resisted.

He said he had the image that Meguro Ward is “a place where rich people live,” according to police.

Kimura has reportedly accumulated debts to the tune of several million yen.

While robbery may have been his main motive, police intend to investigate further, saying circumstances leading Kimura to suddenly come to Tokyo and knock on the door of the Ohara house appear suspicious.

According to the police, he said he took an express bus from Tokyo to Fukushima after the attack.

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