Osaka police have arrested a 57 year old man suspected of stabbing a 38 year old woman he had been stalking. Takashi Matsumoto was taken into custody after Yumi Imura, whom he had fallen in love with and had been following, died of multiple stab wounds last week.
Imura had been working at a bar Matsumoto frequents, where she met him last year. Though he had been calling and sending her emails, she remained uninterested to his advances. In February of this year, the bar owner already spoke with Matsumoto and advised him not to visit his establishment anymore, but he continued contacting Imura. On March 1, after a total of 33 emails, he sent a message saying, “Call the police before you are killed.” Imura reported the incident to the authorities, who advised Matsumoto of the anti-stalking law and its penalties. Imura, after three weeks, said that the stalking and messages had stopped, assuming that the danger was gone.
However, police found the body of a woman stabbed multiple times, lying on a street in the early hours of May 2. They have identified Imura as the victim. A witness, who was interviewed, said they heard an argument at around 2:30 in the morning between a man and a woman, while another saw a white car leaving the scene of the crime around the same time. Police were able to arrest the man when they saw his car parked in a convenience store more than a kilometer away from the site of the incident. Upon questioning, the man implied his guilt and told investigators, “I thought that if I killed Imura and died myself, we could live together in the after life.”