Kabuki actor Ennosuke Ichikawa, whose real name is Takahiko Kirito (47), gave his father, Danshiro Ichikawa (76 at the time), and his 75-year-old mother sleeping pills and helped them commit suicide in May this year. He was charged with abetting suicide.
In his ruling on the 17th, Judge Kenji Yasunaga of the Tokyo District Court explained the circumstances that led to the crime: “After reading an article that was scheduled to be published in a weekly magazine, I came to consider suicide due to long-standing thoughts.” “I told my parents, and they told me not to think about it, but when I told them that I had a strong intention to commit suicide, my parents decided to commit suicide together with me.”
He also mentioned the state of mind he was in at the time of the crime, saying, “Defendant Ennosuke’s thinking was narrow based on his own position.”
He then pointed out, “The choice to assist in suicide was nothing short of short-sighted. Her parents were forced to take large amounts of psychotropic drugs, which led to them losing their lives, and criminal responsibility cannot be taken lightly.”
On the other hand, the judge said, “The defendant has expressed remorse, expressed remorse, and has vowed never to commit a crime again. Those involved have also expressed their intention to support his recovery.” I told you the year.