家族の問題は非常に複雑であり、親と子供の関係が影響を受けることが多く、問題も目に見えにくいものです。 最近では、肉親に対する捜査の増加が見られます。今回の依頼者は60歳の友利さんで、彼女の息子が2年前に大学を中退してから音信不通になっており、心配している。 最も長く育った長男が大学を中退したことについて家族は様々な心境を抱えており、次女は自分が兄弟を甘やかしたせいでこんなことになったと悩んでいた。 長男は、家庭内の雰囲気を和らげるために意図的にやんちゃになることで調整役を果たしているが、最近は音信不通になってしまっているため、家族は心配している。友利さんは助けを求めるために探偵に依頼したが、その理由は次ページで続く。
The issues within families can be difficult to see as they are closely related. As parents age, children and grandchildren grow while carrying their own burdens. With love and hate swirling in relationships, it can be difficult to see the core of those relationships. In this series, Detective Kyoko Yamamura explains how the investigation of family members has dramatically increased in recent years, revealing the “truth of family” that is seen through detective work.
Eldest Son Has Been Missing Since Dropping Out of College
The client this time is Mr. Tomori (pseudonym, 60 years old). The couple traveled from Nagano to Tokyo to request an investigation.
Mr. Yutoku wore a gray suit, and his wife had a very chic and neat appearance in a tweed two-piece. Five years ago, he grew tired of city life and moved towards nature. He spends most of his time working in Tokyo and occasionally uses the shinkansen for his commute.
Though the couple seemed happy and trusting of each other, their beloved eldest son (25) dropped out of college two years ago and has been out of contact since.
The family consists of a 30-year-old eldest daughter, a 28-year-old second daughter, and a 25-year-old eldest son. One of them was thinking, “I spoiled the second and eldest sons, leading to this situation.”
“Until recently, raising the children was going smoothly. The eldest daughter works as a nurse and the second daughter works as a public servant in Tokyo. Both of them are doing well, so we do not think that it is ‘beyond help.’ They get married, have boyfriends, and that’s fine in this day and age, but…” Mrs. Yutoku said.
Mr. Yotoku said, “Our eldest daughter is not very smart, and the second daughter is absent-minded. She probably grew up watching our two sisters being scolded by us. The eldest son, on the other hand, is very smart, proactive, and very considerate.”
“Come to think of it, our eldest son has always acted according to his appearance since childhood. He often gives up things he likes for the sake of others. When the atmosphere at home becomes tough, he deliberately misbehaves to ease the tension, playing the role of an adjusting valve,” said Mr. Yotoku.
“She is a good girl. She is also very smart. I was disappointed that her two older sisters did not go to college, but she will be attending my alma mater in two years,” Mr. Yotoku continued.
Having entered a prestigious university where her father graduated from, she dropped out as a third-year student. Her friend was very disappointed and fell asleep.
“He wouldn’t listen no matter what I said. He went silent that day, and now two years have passed without a word. I decided to stop getting involved, but I received a call from my eldest daughter,” Mr. Yutoku said to me. “She is about to get married. I couldn’t wait to see her, so I came here to ask for help.”
[It seems that the wife is 15 years older… Continued on the next page]