Japanese police said on Wednesday they have arrested a couple whose 33-year-old daughter froze to death in a tiny room where they had confined her for years because they believed she had a form of mental illness that made her violent.
Western Japan's Osaka Prefectural Police Department said Airi Kakimoto's body was found in a state of extreme malnutrition after her parents reported the death on Saturday. She was 145 cm (4.76 ft) tall and weighed just 19 kg (42 lb).
Police: Officers in Japan said the woman's body was severely malnourished: Shutterstock Takamex
Police said Yasutaka Kakimoto Authentic Willie McGee Jersey , 55, and Yukari Kakimoto, 53, had confessed that they fed their daughter only once a day and kept her in a 3-square-metre room for some 15 years.
"Our daughter was mentally ill and, from age 16 or 17, she became violent, so we kept her inside the room," police quoted her parents as saying.
People with mental and physical disabilities and their families can still suffer stigma and shame in Japan despite some changes in public attitudes.
Police said the parents added the small room - fitted with a camera and a double door that could only be unlocked from the outside - to their house and equipped it with a makeshift toilet and tube to a water tank outside.
About 10 surveillance cameras were installed outside the single-storey home, which was surrounded by a 2-metre high fence, police said.
The parents found their daughter dead on Dec. 18 but they reported the death Saturday. "We wanted to be together with our daughter," police quoted them as saying.
Police said the couple were arrested on suspicion of illegally disposing of a body, a step that often precedes more serious charges.
The NBA is an ever changing league. While there are some legendary teams and franchises that have put their stamp on the sport, there are up and coming teams that seem to be making a name for themselves. One of these optimistic teams is that of the Atlanta Hawks. The Atlantic Hawks are a professional men's basketball team located in Atlanta, Georgia. They play in the Southeast Division against other top teams that are found in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association.
The Hawks have been around for quite some time and have really molded throughout the years. They first entered the National Basketball league as the Buffalo Bisons in 1946, but were moved to the city of Moline, Illinois only 13 games into their first season. In Illinois they were renamed the Tri-Cities Blackhawks after the famous Illinois Black Hawk war. The Blackhawks were actually a part of the first 17 teams to join the NBA. Fast forward six years to 1951, and the team was moved again to Milwaukee. In 1955 they were moved again, this time to the city of St. Louis Missouri.
In 1958, the Hawks won their first NBA championship against the Boston Celtics with the help of their star player Bob Pettit.
He ended up scoring 50 points in game 6 to close out the series. Two years later, the Hawks would again make it to the Finals but would fall short of another championship. The following year they would add Lenny Wilkens to their roster, go back the finals, but lose to the Celtics again.
After those glory years of the Hawks, they would end up being sold to a real estate developer in Atlanta named Tom Cousins. Ownership would change again in 1976, when Ted Turner would buy the team and hire Hubie Brown as head coach. During the eighties, the team would rebuild again around their superstar Dominique Wilkens who they gained rights to from the Utah Jazz.
From 1985 to 1990 the team would jump back up in the rankings and start having 50 win seasons again. They would fall short in the playoffs each year, and soon they were back to the rebuilding stages again.
Since that time, the Hawks would change ownership again and do some wheeling and dealing. In the early 2000's they gained Pau Gasol but would end up dealing him to Memphis for Shareef Abdur-Rahim (maybe one of their biggest regrets).
The current team that they have created, however, is looking better and better every year. While they may not have the big men of other teams in the East, they make up for it in athleticism. The team is led by stars Joe Johnson and Josh Smith and they have some great help in sixth man Jamal Crawford. The team reached the Playoffs again in 2010 and are looking to go even deeper the next year. They still have yet to get past the semifinals in their conference playoffs since they were acquired by Atlanta back in 1968.