A 72-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of killing his bedridden wife at their home in Yachiyo City, Chiba Prefecture.
According to police, Shigeki Fudo has been beating his wife, punching her in the face since mid-November, Fuji TV reported. On Tuesday afternoon, the couple's daughter contacted police after Fudo told her that her mother went missing. When police visited Fudo's residence, Yachiyo was found dead, lying face up beside a kotatsu table.
Police said Yachiyo had been suffering from a brain debilitating disease for the past two years and that Fudo had been looking after her.
Fudo was quoted by police saying that his wife's condition had deteriorated since last month and she was not able to walk even with his assistance. He said he got irritated and started punching her and that he found her dead on Tuesday morning.
According to a neighbor, Fudo was the quiet type.© Japan Today