The Sapporo District Court has sentenced a 39-year-old man to 18 years in prison for killing his 36-year-old wife and dumping her body in a mountainous area near the city of Mikasa in Hokkaido last November.
According to the ruling, Yuki Arai, a grape grower, killed his wife Chie on or around Nov 2, Fuji TV reported.
On Nov 5, Arai filed a missing persons report at Iwamizawa police station, claiming that his wife had gone out and not returned home. However, after being questioned further, Arai admitted to police on Dec 19 that he had killed his wife with a hammer and dumped her body in the mountains. Acting on Arai’s statement, police found his wife’s partially skeletonized body on a snow-covered slope several meters from a pathway.
Arai and his wife not only cultivated grapes for wine production, but also made their own wine. In April, 2018, the couple began to live separately, and Chie was staying at an acquaintance's home in Iwamizawa City with her eldest son.© Japan Today