A 53-year-old unemployed man has been arrested on suspicion of abandoning the corpse of his mother in Yamato City, Kanagawa Prefecture.
Police said Takeshi Matsuyama has admitted to the charge and quoted him as saying, “I was afraid I would stop receiving my mother’s pension if people found out she was dead.”
According to police, Matsuyama kept his 79-year-old mother’s body at his home from the end of last month, when she is believed to have died, until Monday this week, Fuji TV reported.
The case came to light when a local welfare official, not having heard from her for awhile, visited the residence. After noticing a foul odor, the official returned to the ward office which contacted police. Police went to the apartment and found the woman’s remains in a bedroom.
Police are currently investigating the details surrounding the mother’s death.© Japan Today