Man kicked to death in row over Japan noodle shop seat

Man kicked to death in row over Japan noodle shop seat

TOKYO - A Japanese man who allegedly kicked a fellow diner to death in a fight over seats in a noodle bar calmly returned to his food as the other man lay dying, media reported Tuesday.

Shinichiro Imanishi, 37, was being questioned in connection with the death of a 49-year-old man whom he allegedly threw to the floor and then stamped on repeatedly, a police spokesman told AFP.

The trouble erupted when Hisao Kitajima pulled a chair which Imanishi was using to rest his foot on, the spokesman said, adding Kitajima died of his injuries two days later.

Imanishi, who weighs 120 kilograms (265 pounds), did nothing to help his victim after the frenzied attack in Tokyo, instead ordering a bowl of noodles, local media said.

Imanishi, who was arrested shortly after the incident, explained to fellow diners that he might as well eat his meal, reportedly saying: "I will go to jail. This will be my last supper."

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