It is not often that you read of homicides in Japan that involve firearms. Guns there are tightly controlled; the Japanese are some of the most law abiding people on the planet and firearms have never been widely available. So it’s not surprising that when such a homicide occurs, it involves foreigners. In this case, a Chinese man appears to be the perpetrator and a Chinese woman the victim . . .
The article assumes that the victim was married to the man, but the police had not identified her. From japantimes.co:
The pair reportedly started to quarrel after entering the cafe together. At around 10:40 p.m., the man produced a handgun from his bag, stood up and shot the woman twice, in the jaw and the chest. She was rushed to a hospital but was pronounced dead.
There was one other atypical aspect to this case.
The suspect remained silent during police questioning, according to investigators.
This is very unusual in Japan, where suspects tend to confess immediately. The police in Japan aren’t constrained by anything like the U.S. Constitution and have numerous ways to obtain confessions.
Another aspect of the story, though, is similar to many shootings in the US — possible gang involvement by the perp. From scmp.com:
The suspect was not apparently employed and it is very unusual for a person to be carrying a gun, which are rare in Japan. The Ikebukuro district of Tokyo also has a reputation for gang activities and has a relatively high proportion of gambling and sex businesses.
In Japan, only the police and criminals have handguns. Apparrently.
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