Now we Japanese are shocked by sad news from Nara. A high school boy set his house on fire and his step mother and step sister and step brother were killed by this fire while they were sleeping.
Two days later of the incident the disappearance eldest son of this family was found in Kyoto next to Nara. And in the probe of the police, he has confessed that he set his house alight.
According to the news, he wanted to get rid of his father's high demand of education. His parents are both medical doctor, and his father wants him to be a doctor very eagerly. Thus he entered a highest level private high school in Nara after graduating elementary school. Then his father asked him to study harder every day. Furthermore, his father hit him while he's studying in the home.
On the other hand, his mother married the father after the father divorced his former wife. And the eldest son is a child between the father and his former wife. But the son is known for accommodating his little brother and sister. And the little brother and sister also respect their excellent elder brother. And this eldest son has been keeping good relation with his step mother.
This high school boy is also very good at sports, especially kendo. He is a member of kendo club of his high school.
When I consider this boy's situation, I remember some classmates in my high school. One of the friends is a son of a medical doctor running a big local surgery hospital. But he was a star player of basketball and volleyball. So he chose his way by himself, and he entered the sports course of Tsukuba university. After graduating from university he became a coach of Hitachi basketball team and after that he became a lecturer of sports college. And now he runs his own sports massage salon. No one disrespect him, since he stuck what he believed in and his father accepted his way.
Another friend is a son of famous professor of the highest level national medical university. But he loves classical music and imaginative literature rather than science. Unfortunately his mother was very strict educational mother(Kyoiku-mama). So frequently he conflicted with his mother. But finally he entered the literature department of Tokyo university. Even though his furious mother didn't send him any living expenses, his girl friend, now his wife, supported him. And now he's a famous professor of a national university in Chugoku region.
There are lots of ways of life style around young students. And they can select whatever they want to be. If the boy student could reject his father's pressure, this tragedy wouldn't happen. So we feel very sad to read the follow-up reports of this incident on the newspaper.