Youngsters that kick up a fuss after not getting their own way rarely make the news, but Mrs. Ichikawa’s son did a lot more than throw a tantrum after his request for more dolls was turned down; as unable to control his temper, the feisty young fella angrily set fire to his futon, resulting in the family home being burnt to the ground.
Realising the error of his ways, Hiroyuki Ichikawa did try and rectify the situation, promptly turning himself in at the police station. The futon felon tearfully telling the officer in charge, “I argued with my mother after she refused to grant my request to buy me dolls. I started the fire to vent my frustration.”
An excuse that may not save young Hiroyuki from prosecution – or indeed ridicule – as at 27-years-old, he’s probably a little too old for tantrums.