Police in Shiwa, Iwate Prefecture, have arrested an 83-year-old man on suspicion of killing his 77-year-old wife.
According to police, Ekizo Tawara stabbed his wife Itsuko several times in the chest and neck at their home at around 6 p.m. Saturday. Sankei Shimbun reported that Tawara then called 110 and said he had stabbed his wife.
Police rushed to the house and found Itsuko lying on a futon, unconscious from her wounds. She was taken to hospital where she died about an hour later.
Police said Tawara has so far refused to say why he killed his wife.