A caseworker visiting a man's home in Tokyo's Edogawa was shown a dead body that he had been hiding in his apartment, police said Friday.
According to police, the woman was visiting a mentally impaired 59-year-old man on Aug 27, when his 61-year-old brother, with whom he lived, told her that there was a body in his built-in closet, TV Asahi reported. The man proceeded to show the skeletal remains to the caseworker. According to police, when the caseworker visited the property again on Thursday, the man said, "My mom told me these are the remains of someone my father killed before his own death 15 years ago."
The woman then reported the incident to police who searched the property and discovered the remains wrapped in four garbage bags and placed in a suitcase.
The resignation Monday of Yuko Obuchi, Japan's industry minister, was a heavy blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the cabinet he named last month. And there are concerns in the government and ruling parties that Obuchi is only the first in a string of coming cabinet resignations. (Nikkei)
Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto met with the head of an anti-Korean group on Monday as he considers cracking down on hate speech rallies in the western Japan city, but they ended up having a shouting match in which they more or less just insulted each other. (Kyodo)
Osaka Prefectural Police on Friday arrested two male suspects for allegedly dumping a large quantity of adult video (AV) material inside a park in Nishinari Ward, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Oct. 17). (Tokyo Reporter)
Empress Michiko celebrated her 80th birthday on Monday. In a statement distributed to media by the Imperial Household Agency, the empress said she hoped the world could find peace ahead of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II next year. (Japan Today)
The Nagano prefectural government's disaster response headquarters said Thursday it has decided to end its search this year for missing hikers on Mt. Ontake due to the growing risk of secondary accidents. (The Japan News)