The “Still” clothing store where Asaki shoplifted clothing. In recent years, shoplifting by housewives has become a social issue. Many of these crimes are committed not because of financial struggles but to “relieve stress” or because they “seek excitement.”
There were plenty of factors motivating Asaki to commit suicide. Asaki who appeared in the Higashi-Murayama Police Department on suspicion of theft collaborated with her fellow council member Yano and used someone else’s sales check to create an alibi that she was at a restaurant when the crime happened. However, her false schemes were discovered by the police through their investigations and the papers pertaining to her case was sent to the Public Prosecutors Office. The fact that she had committed suicide due to her shoplifting and failure in creating an alibi is recognized in the court which claimed to have “substantial reasons to believe in.”