TOKYO Dad kills son over studies
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. –