On June 27, kabuki actor Ennosuke Ichikawa, 47, was arrested by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department on suspicion of “assisting suicide” by helping his mother commit suicide. This news made us think for a moment that his father’s death was a suicide, but it seems that this was not the case.
On May 18, the suspect was found unconscious in a half-underground room of his house in Meguro-ku, Tokyo, where his father, Danshiro Ichikawa, and mother, Nobuko Kinoeshi, who were on the second floor, died. As a result of the autopsy, the cause of death was announced as suspected psychotropic drug poisoning.
The suspect, Ennosuke, was interviewed by the Metropolitan Police Department prior to his arrest.
“There was a report in a weekly magazine, and at a family meeting, we all decided to say good-bye.
The same day, “Josei Seven” was released. The same day, “Josei Seven” (Women’s Seven) reported “allegations of power harassment and sexual harassment” against a junior actor of Ennosuke’s. “He said he helped his parents commit suicide,” the magazine reported.
There is no doubt that he helped his parents commit suicide.
He admitted to the charges, saying that he, too, “followed my parents into committing suicide.
“I was planning to commit suicide after my parents.
He also stated that he had been planning to commit suicide after his parents. He said that he had used sleeping pills that had been prescribed to him in the past. He also said that he had used sleeping pills that had been prescribed to him in the past,
He also said, “As a way to make his death as painless as possible, after taking sleeping pills and falling asleep, I was supposed to cover him with a plastic bag and clean up after myself.”
He also said that he was supposed to clean up after himself. The plastic bag was not found in his home, but he threw it in a trash can outside.
The suspect’s statement, “My parents took sleeping pills after discussing with my family that I would die and be reborn,” was previously reported.
The “family suicide case” is still a mystery, but with the arrest of the suspect, the case is now moving toward a full investigation.
The arrest of the mother for assisting her father’s suicide is only the first step in the case, and the main focus of the investigation is whether or not the father was involved in the death. Not only the charge of assisting the father’s suicide, but the possibility of a murder charge is already being discussed.
(Sports newspaper reporter) “Even TV news programs are openly discussing the “possibility of a murder charge,” and whether the father had the clear intention to commit suicide is also being discussed. On the other hand, there are those who believe that the case will end up being settled on the charge of assisted suicide, and opinions seem to be divided.
Furthermore, the fact that an investigation headquarters has been set up at the Meguro Police Station seems to indicate the seriousness of the case.
It is highly likely that the police will first arrest the suspect on the charge of assisting his mother’s suicide, and then, within the 22-day detention period, solidify the same charge, while at the same time carefully investigating whether or not the suspect, Ennosuke, was involved in his father’s death, with the aim of re-arresting the suspect in connection with his father. The investigation and the battle between the suspect and the investigators in the interrogation room will be the focus of attention.
Text： Ryo Sakamoto (Writer)
Ryo Sakamoto is a former head of the Culture and Society Department of Tokyo Sports Newspaper. After retiring, he started the web magazine "PlusαToday" and writes articles on movies and Hollywood information. Member of the Japan Film Pen Club.
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