An elderly man has been arrested after allegedly wheeling his wife into the ocean, killing her.
Hiroshi Fujiwara, 81, was arrested in the Oiso, Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan after allegedly admitting to cops that he had killed his wife.
He said his wife, 79, had been in a wheelchair for 40 years and that he had become worn out from pushing her around all that time.
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The incident took place on Wednesday at 5:30pm, Japan Today reports.
According to local police, Fujiwara drove his wife to the seaside where he wheeled her along a pier.
After walking her for a short time he took her to the pier’s edge where he tipped her off into the sea.
From here, he drove to his son's house where he allegedly confessed to what he had done.
Law enforcement received two calls relating to the case, one from a fisherman who found the woman’s body floating in the water and another from the man’s son who made the call after his father’s alleged confession.
Japan has an ageing population, with people expected to live for longer and longer.
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Life can be challenging for the country’s elderly with isolation common.
According to the Borgen Project, “the amount of elderly in Japan that live alone—a number that’s much higher in Japan than in other countries.”
“With a robust elderly population that only continues to grow, Japan faces an unconventional problem concerning its impoverished elder populations.
“Food security and homelessness have resurfaced as an increasing number of Japan’s older residents find themselves strapped for money and without access to basic needs.
“The number of those reliant on public assistance had been steadily decreasing since the mid-90s; however, recent socio-economic issues like COVID-19 have increased elderly poverty in Japan.
“Home to an elderly population of 18.1%, Japan boasts one of the highest life expectancies in the world, at 81 and 87 years for men and women respectively.”
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