Police in Tokyo's Edogawa ward said Sunday they have arrested a 29-year-old man on suspicion of killing a 17-year-old girl.
According to police, the suspect, Masahiro Aoki, and the victim, Kana Iwase, used to work part-time at the same convenience store until last month, Fuji TV reported.
Police said that Iwase's mother reported her missing when she did not return home from school on Nov 12.
Chiba police received a call from Aoki on Saturday in which he said he had killed a girl. They contacted Tokyo police who went to Aoki's apartment in Edogawa Ward where they found Iwase's naked body in the bathtub at around 8 p.m. Police said she had been strangled to death.
Aoki, who was in the apartment, was arrested and charged with murder. He had also taken 7,000 yen from Iwase's bag.
Aoki was quoted by police as saying that he had "accidentally on purpose" bumped into Iwase after she left work on Nov 11 because he knew her schedule. He told police he offered to give her some anime goods as a present and made an appointment to meet her at JR Koiwa Station after she finished school on Nov 12 and invited her back to his apartment. As soon as Iwase entered his apartment, Aoki told police he immediately attacked her from behind and strangled her with his hands and part of her school uniform.
Aoki was quoted as saying life had become tough for him and he had given up all hope and that he wanted to end it all. He also told police he had wanted to kill someone for a long time.© Japan Today