Police in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, have arrested a 42-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of abandoning the body of his mother at their home.
Police said the man, Kentaro Yoshida, was arrested on Friday. He was quoted as saying that his mother, who was in her 70s, died about a week ago of an illness, Fuji TV reported.
According to police, a male social worker contacted them on Friday to report that he was having difficulty confirming the safety of an elderly individual. He said the woman had not been seen or contacted since he visited the home on Jan 20.
Police and social welfare officials went to Yoshida’s home to inquire about his mother. They found her body on the floor near the entrance. Police said it appeared the woman had been dead for about a week and added that an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.
Yoshida told police he didn’t know what to do when his mother died© Japan Today