A couple in their 60s overcame infidelity and got married…the “tragic reason” for their forced suicide | FRIDAY DIGITAL

A couple in their 60s overcame infidelity and got married…the “tragic reason” for their forced suicide

Nonfiction writer Kota Ishii delves into the depths of Japanese society!

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Six months after joining the family, Hiroto Yoshioka (pseudonym, same name as above), 64 years old at the time of the incident, learned an unexpected fact. Six months after joining the family, Hiroto Yoshioka (pseudonym, the name of the person below is the same; he was 64 at the time of the incident) learned an unexpected fact. He was told by his wife, Koeda (62), that he was being pressured to repay a debt he had incurred.

He consulted a lawyer and was told that he would have to pay 6,000 yen per month. He decided to repay the debt in monthly installments of 6,000 yen over four years. Hiroto was told that he would have to repay the overpayment of welfare, in addition to the monthly 8,000 yen. In addition, he was paying 8,000 yen per month to Hiroto as repayment for the overpayment of welfare. The total was about 10,000 yen. In total, the payment was about 14,000 yen.

Part 1: After 30 years of infidelity and marriage… the couple came to a “sad end.

Hiroto pays 14,000 yen a week to Koeda for living expenses. 4,000 yen a week. Hiroto decided to cut down his living expenses to 14,000 yen per week. However, she grabbed it within a few days and asked for money. But she grabbed it within a few days and asked for money. 1,000 yen. yen. 2000 yen. I had no choice but to pay her 1,000 yen, 2,000 yen, and so on, until my expenses ballooned.

As a result, the monthly cost of living was 10,000 yen less than the day the welfare payment was due. 10 The monthly cost of living was running out ten days before the welfare payment date. Every month, the last 10 The last ten days of each month were spent with only water and a little rice and bread. As he lived like this, Hiroto became more and more mentally overwhelmed.

Hiroto says, “Looking back, I wish I could have done more for her.

“In hindsight, I regret that I should have been more strict with her. But at that time, even if I had told her, she would have talked me down. …… I’m not sure what to do. No matter how much I said, she wouldn’t listen to me, and when she said things like, “I hope you get off welfare soon,” or “I hope you find a better job,” I thought it might be my fault. In fact, I was weak and naive in some ways, and I couldn’t tell her to stop in a strong tone.

Three tough choices

Perhaps there was a part of Hiroto that was afraid that Koeda would hate him if he scolded her too harshly. If Koeda ran away, he would be dragged back to his lonely life again.

15. On June 1, 2006, an event occurred that dealt a blow to Hiroto’s family’s finances. On June 1, 2003, Hiroto’s family’s finances were dealt a blow when the government cut back on housing assistance.

When he went to consult with a government official, he was told by the official that he would have to pay 5,000 reduced by 5,000 yen to 60,000 yen per month. I was told that my monthly allowance would be reduced by 5,000 yen to 64,000 yen. This was less than the rent of my current apartment. This was less than the rent of the apartment he was currently living in. When Hiroto told the staff, the staff said, “For the shortage, you can either ask the landlord to lower the rent or you can ask the landlord to lower the rent.

“As for the shortage, you have three options: ask your landlord to lower the rent, pay the rent yourself, or move to a lower-rent apartment.

Hiroto was astonished. Hiroto was astonished. He had been living on water for almost a third of the month, so what more could he do? Unable to think calmly, Hiroto said, “I’ll discuss it with my wife at home,” and went home.

That day, Hiroto told Koeda about the cut in the welfare payment. Koeda replied.

“Ehh. Well then, you’d better find me a place to move!”

Even if he went to the real estate office and found a cheaper place, it would obviously be in worse condition than now. Even if he went to the real estate office and found a cheaper place, it would obviously be worse than the current one. Hiroto held his head in his hands.

For six days after that day, Hiroto continued to be depressed and worried. The most frightening thing of all was that he would be forced to live a solitary life after Koeda left him. He would much rather die while they were still together than wait to die alone like that.

On the evening of June 7, they had an early dinner under the kotatsu in front of the kitchen. We had just received our welfare money, but in a little while, we would run out of money and have to fill our stomachs with water again. His spirits were sinking rapidly.

Despite Hiroto’s worries, after finishing her meal, Koeda took a sleeping pill and began to sleep on the kotatsu. Hiroto carried her to the futon he had left lying on the floor, and as he drank his evening tea, he gradually began to think that he wanted to die.

However, if he were to kill himself now, Koeda would not be able to survive on her own. On her own, she would be out of welfare money in a few days and either become homeless or starve to death. It would be better to let her die with us than to put her through such a painful experience.

His hands were twitching and twitching. ……

The alcohol must have made him even more depressed. His feelings swelled and he began to think that he had no choice but to commit suicide. In other words, he was terrified of being alone.

Hiroto stood up and walked over to Koeda, who was asleep from the sleeping pills. After staring at her sleeping face for a while, he took the electric cord of the kotatsu, wrapped it around her neck, and strangled her as hard as he could. Twigs let out a moan, her hands bobbed and twitched, and after a couple of minutes, she died.

After a couple of minutes, she died. He mumbled, making sure she was dead.

“I’ll be right there.”

He went to the kitchen and picked up a knife, then went into the bathroom and filled the tub with hot water. He then took off his t-shirt, half pants and trunks before getting into the tub and cutting his left wrist twice in a V shape. According to later investigation, the wound was 5 mm deep. 5 mm and 5 cm long. cm in length. The wound was 5 mm deep and 5 cm long. In addition, the left neck and abdomen were cm After each cut, Hiroto lost consciousness.

Now I don’t have to be afraid of being alone anymore. He and Koeda could spend their time together in heaven in peace. That was how he felt.

But about two hours had passed. 21 However, about two hours later at 21:00, Hiroto regained consciousness in the bathtub. It was a suicide attempt. He was dazed from the blood loss and had no strength left to commit suicide again.

He was 20 time 40 He called the police at 20:40 and was taken into custody by the rushing police.

Knowing the circumstances of this forced suicide, it is easy to dismiss Hiroto as “shallow.

However, this case contains an important element when considering forced suicide. That is, the two had been having problems before they fell into poverty, and had fallen into a state of co-dependence.

Normally, if they had talked it out, cut back where they could, or sought help from a third party, they would not have committed suicide, even if their welfare payments had been reduced slightly.

However, those who force themselves to commit suicide do not have the strength to do so. For Hiroto, he was abandoned by his family, and he had to live with them for about 20 years. For Hiroto, he was abandoned by his family and lived at the bottom of the world for about 20 years. For Hiroto, it was happiness that he had finally found after being abandoned by his family and living at the bottom for about 20 years. Therefore, he couldn’t make Koeda change her attitude toward life, and Koeda also didn’t have the energy to do so due to her mental illness.

When you think about it, it is clear that forced suicide is not caused by a single event such as poverty. Forced suicides occur when a person loses the will to live due to an accumulation of existing problems, and then the problem of poverty follows suit.

When thinking about the increasing number of suicides due to the Corona disaster, it is important to look at the background of the people involved.

  • Interview and text Kota Ishii

    Born in Tokyo in 1977. Nonfiction writer. Graduated from Nihon University College of Art. He is active in reporting and writing about culture, history, and medicine in Japan and abroad. His books include "The House of the 'Demons': Parents Who Kill Their Own Children," "Forty-three Killing Intentions: The Depths of the Kawasaki Jr. 1 Boys' Murder Case," "Rental Child," "Kinship Murder," and "The Social Map of Disparity and Division.

  • Photo Naho Yoshizawa/Afro

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