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75-year-old Japanese language school director found dead at home

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Police are investigating the murder of a 75-year-old man who was director of the International School of Funabashi, after his body was found in his apartment in Sakura City, Chiba Prefecture.

According to police, the body of Jiro Iwai was found by a female employee of the Japanese language school at around 1:30 p.m. on Nov 25, Fuji TV reported Wednesday. Iwai lived alone in his apartment on the top floor of a 29-story building.

Police said Iwai was found lying on his back, bleeding from head wounds. An autopsy revealed he had been struck multiple times by a blunt object.

There were no signs of a struggle or that his apartment had been ransacked.

Police said Iwai was last seen alive on the morning of Nov 23. A neighbor said: “He was a gentle old man and I would always see him walking very slowly in the neighborhood.”

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This school seems to have quite a strong presence on the web: http://e-fils.com/en/

On the face of it, a very sad story. Hoping the police will find out what happened and why.

RIP.

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Oh, and the Director himself here: http://e-fils.com/en/school_info/index.html

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Why was the female employee at his apartment?

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Maybe because no one had heard from him for two days.

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@Strangerland Nov 24 and 25 was the weekend. He was last seen Friday morning. Found dead Sunday afternoon on the 25th. Strange to not hear from your boss Saturday? Sunday morning? The staff couldn't wait until Monday or even Tuesday to start getting concerned? So, why was the female coworker at his place Sunday afternoon?

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Michael G

Maybe it's not common in your country to work on the weekend, but in Japan, Saturday classes are quite common. Or quite possibly, there was a company meeting that the boss pulls a no-show, doesn't answer his phone, email, or even answer the door. Caring employees would worry, and perhaps, we don't know, maybe he had health issues and a thoughtful member of his company thought they'd check in on him with a spare key? or yeah, you've been watching too much CSI.

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@Mike Wyckoff My question is legit. Your answers are all speculation that I've already taken into consideration. I've been living in Japan long enough that I do know schools are often open on Saturdays AND presidents of schools are often not at the schools of which they are president. The prime suspect is still the female employee who found the body (or a hidden accomplice of hers), unless there is some info not revealed in the article. Keep in mind, the president was most likely killed by someone he knew.

There were no signs of a struggle or that his apartment had been ransacked.

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The prime suspect is still the female employee

Online detectives are on the case! After reading a 149 word snippet.

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jcapanToday  04:56 am JST

The prime suspect is still the female employee

Online detectives are on the case! After reading a 149 word snippet.

nicely put !!!!!

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The prime suspect is still the female employee

Online detectives are on the case! After reading a 149 word snippet.

nicely put !!!!!

Very nicely put, I might say!

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Perhaps the secretary telephoned regaridng a meeting or something but unusually he didn't answer either his keitai or his house phone. She went round to investigate.

(Sorry, folks, can't help myself, thinking way out of the box, old FBI training kicking in here...)

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