TOKYO Dad kills son over stud­ies

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A JA­PANESE fa­ther stabbed his 12-year-old son to death af­ter com­plain­ing the boy was fail­ing to study for a school en­trance exam, me­dia said yes­ter­day.

Kengo Satake, the boy’s 48-year-old fa­ther, told po­lice that he “ar­gued with his son for not study­ing” be­fore a test to en­ter a pri­vate ju­nior high school, pub­lic broad­caster NHK re­ported.

Com­pe­ti­tion for en­try to the best schools in Ja­pan is in­tense. Ad­mis­sion to a pres­ti­gious one is seen as hav­ing a de­ci­sive im­pact on a child’s fu­ture prospects.

The son, named Ry­ota, was taken to hos­pi­tal on Au­gust 21 af­ter the stab­bing but died from loss of blood, Aichi pre­fec­tural po­lice in the cen­tral city of Nagoya said.

“The fa­ther stabbed his son in the ch­est with a kitchen knife,” a po­lice spokesper­son said.

The fa­ther was ar­rested af­ter po­lice got a call from hos­pi­tal staff, he added.

Mr Satake re­port­edly told po­lice he had stabbed his son “by mis­take”.

The boy was aim­ing to en­ter one of the lead­ing pri­vate schools in Aichi pre­fec­ture and the fa­ther had reg­u­larly scolded him over his stud­ies, NHK said, cit­ing sources. –

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