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Murdered Nara nursing care worker withdrew ¥30 million before going missing

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Nara prefectural police say a 56-year-old nursing care worker from Yamatokoriyama City, whose body was found in a forest area on July 23, withdrew about 30 million yen from her bank account before she went missing on July 8.

Junko Sasaoka was found in a wooded area, Sankei Shimbun reported. She was wearing a long-sleeved shirt and pants. Her body had started to decay.

Sasaoka's younger sister contacted police on July 15 after being unable to reach her sibling. The following day, Sasaoka's daughter, who lives apart from her mother, submitted a missing person's report to police.

Sasaoka worked at a nursing home for elderly people in Osaka Prefecture. She was last seen at work on the night of July 8.

Police said the cash withdrawn from the bank account has yet to be found and no money was found on the body. Her car was discovered in a supermarket parking lot in Yamatokoriyama City. Bloodstains inside the vehicle matched Sasaoka’s blood type, police said.

Police said they are looking for some men who frequently visited Sasaoka’s residence.

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Seems still to be a developing and increasing interesting crime story. In that kind of job you usually won’t make savings up to 30mio. Or let’s say it in other words, if you had so much money you wouldn’t exploit yourself doing care work at the age of 56. Something’s smelling very strange. There’s surely much more to come.

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Whoever murdered this poor woman should get life. Hopefullythey find these evil people.

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Hope they get caught, and given special time to reflect on their selfishness.

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Wow! This is quite a mystery. That is a lot of savings for a care worker. Maybe the wrong person found out that she had such a large amount of money. Too bad she didn't go to the police first.

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30 million? or 3 million?

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For what do you need to carry 30 million yen in cash with you?

If you really have a transfer of a high amount always do it in a bank or post office from your account to the other, cashless - for example if you buy a new home, furniture or a car etc. Nowadays for your daily needs you need very little cash in your wallet, I and wife pay almost always by using our creditcards.

We never have more than yen 10.000 or 15.000,- in cash in our wallets.

Invoices like utilities or maintenance fees, income tax and national insurance are all collected from our banking accounts too.

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Sounds like she was forced to withdraw the cash and then killed by the same person/people.

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@ thepersoniamnow

Whoever murdered this poor woman should get life. Hopefully they find these evil people. From what I read I don't think the lady was poor, withdrawing 30 million yen from her bank account before she went missing is not poor by any means. If anything it is very unfortunate that she ended up missing and her life, and the savings she had is now gone!

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As incomes in Japan stagger/decrease people get desperate for money. I hope her killer is found. But wealthy Japanese be on the lookout for scams!

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Murdered Nara nursing care worker withdrew ¥30 million before going missing

Well, that should put the suicide theory to rest. Something more sketchy has been going on here.

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Well, that should put the suicide theory to rest. 

Did you bother to read the headline?

*Murdered** Nara nursing care worker withdrew ¥30 million before going missing*

There was no suicide theory proffered that needed to be “put to rest.”

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Well, that should put the suicide theory to rest. 

Did you bother to read the headline?

*Murdered** Nara nursing care worker withdrew ¥30 million before going missing*

lol

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YohanJuly 29 08:56 pm JST

For what do you need to carry 30 million yen in cash with you?

If you really have a transfer of a high amount always do it in a bank or post office from your account to the other, cashless - for example if you buy a new home, furniture or a car etc. Nowadays for your daily needs you need very little cash in your wallet, I and wife pay almost always by using our creditcards.

We never have more than yen 10.000 or 15.000,- in cash in our wallets.

Invoices like utilities or maintenance fees, income tax and national insurance are all collected from our banking accounts too.

exactly same thing here.why to carry piles of cash in wallet?even in Japan this makes NO SENSE.

i believe there is no need to speculate where these money came from,may be inheritance from parents /relatives ,may be partly lifetime savings...point is that someone have killed her and left her in wild for days...to cover criminal act...

very sad.

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"Police said they are looking for some men who frequently visited Sasaoka’s residence."

The most obvious implication being that 'some men' have committed the murder. Brushing aside all "No sheep Sherlock" comments then we are left to ponder the information missing from this brief article--what was the relationship between the 56-year-old care worker and 'some men'...

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People here wonder why a health care worker could possibly have 30 million in her account. This money is most likely family savings achieved over several generations. This is common in Japan.

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gokai_wo_maneku

People here wonder why a health care worker could possibly have 30 million in her account. This money is most likely family savings achieved over several generations. This is common in Japan.

Depending on how she lived, that could simply be savings, plus some good investments. Remember at age 56 she had more than 30 working years under her belt. I dont see the point in speculation about where the vicim´s money came from.

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Someone forced her to withdraw the money then killed her. The money must have been directly from a bank since there's a one million limit on ATM's.

If you save your bonus for 30 years you could save 30 million.

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Something tells me the police will now focus primarily on the 30 million rather than solving the murder itself. Such as how she could have earned it, whether it was legally acquired, etc.

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How is it someone can clean out a bank account of $300,000 without anyone batting an eye, when you can't even wire $3000 into the country without your bank flagging it as money intended to support terrorism and forcing you to prove its provenence?

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If you save your bonus for 30 years you could save 30 million.

Hoarding, what a life.

Anyways, she obviously did not transfer the money because the transferee did not want to be identified. Let's wait and see what happened.

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expatToday  02:16 pm JST

How is it someone can clean out a bank account of $300,000 without anyone batting an eye, when you can't even wire $3000 into the country without your bank flagging it as money intended to support terrorism and forcing you to prove its provenence?

What country are you from.? You can wire $50,000 from US to JPN with no issues online and even more by going to the bank.

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OssanAmericaToday  02:47 pm JST

> What country are you from.? You can wire $50,000 from US to JPN with no issues online and even more by going to the bank.

For the $3000, have to show picture id to wire from Japan; other than that, yeah, no biggie.

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Last wire I did was for $30,000 and didn’t have to show anything. But I was required to fill out a form recently about my yen and dollar accounts and what I use them for. This only applies to foreigners.

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zichiToday  05:08 pm JST

Last wire I did was for $30,000 and didn’t have to show anything. But I was required to fill out a form recently about my yen and dollar accounts and what I use them for. This only applies to foreigners.

You probably already supplied your residence card to your bank last year when they started making requests for such.

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P. Smith

There was no suicide theory proffered that needed to be “put to rest.”

I was referring to the previous comments in the readers section here. Maybe you did not read them.

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No, for all of my bank accounts I provided my documentation when I opened the accounts. One Is Shinsai Bank, and in so many years have never asked for anything further. I use that bank for the internet. Another local Himeji Bank which against has required no further details.

The main bank is MUFG, which I hate, but need to use it. I had a big hassle with them opening the account because they don’t like foreigners. But open the account they did. This year they sent a form about money laundering which is only sent to foreigners. But they are very good at receiving money wires from the states and super quick. Actually use Transferwise, which is the best.

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If you save your bonus for 30 years you could save 30 million.

That’s pure theory, especially in a very consume oriented society like this. Just like always those strange calculations in the news, how super rich everyone of us could now be, if he only had bought a Bitcoin or an Apple share right at the beginning etc. lol Now, assumed you are right and she was one of very few who saved the hard earned bonuses, how much would you estimate the combined probability, that exactly that person runs in a similarly seldom murder case? Maybe, we would more often hit by a meteor shower or weekly win the lottery. lol

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Sven Asai

If you save your bonus for 30 years you could save 30 million.

That’s pure theory, especially in a very consume oriented society like this

no it is not. I know several friends/relatives who saved their bonus payments for their old age. State and company pension don’t cut it.

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zichiToday  05:38 pm JST

No, for all of my bank accounts I provided my documentation when I opened the accounts. One Is Shinsai Bank, and in so many years have never asked for anything further. I use that bank for the internet. Another local Himeji Bank which against has required no further details.

The main bank is MUFG, which I hate, but need to use it. I had a big hassle with them opening the account because they don’t like foreigners. But open the account they did. This year they sent a form about money laundering which is only sent to foreigners. But they are very good at receiving money wires from the states and super quick. Actually use Transferwise, which is the best.

I'm a Mizuho guy. I hate doing transfers--rates are horrible, so usually it is the suitcase transfer for me.

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Junko Sasaoka was found in a wooded area, Sankei Shimbun reported. She was wearing a long-sleeved shirt and pants. Her body had started to decay.

I was referring to the previous comments in the readers section here also.

No big deal.

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WilliBToday  05:29 pm JST

P. Smith

There was no suicide theory proffered that needed to be “put to rest.”

I was referring to the previous comments in the readers section here. Maybe you did not read them.

Got it. Thanks for the response.

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Importing cash while travelling has to be reported and suitcases of cash are clear indications of laundered money.

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zichiToday  06:30 pm JST

Importing cash while travelling has to be reported and suitcases of cash are clear indications of laundered money.

Yes; I declare it all. No problem as long as you let them know up front in the US.

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CommodorePerry

The last cost of my wire transfer, about ¥5000. The cost of a return journey to America now with lack of flights, testing and quarantines probably nearer to $2,000.

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zichiToday  06:30 pm JST

Importing cash while travelling has to be reported and suitcases of cash are clear indications of laundered money.

Suitcases full of cash give rise the inference of laundered money, but I don’t think it’s an indication of laundered money.

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P.Smith

agreed but it can raise eyebrows quicker than a wire transfer.

What I did learn about the story is. American put pressure on Japan over money laundering laws. So no more foreign checks accepted. Only bank Sumitomo "Trust" bank still accepts them but not Sumitomo Bank.

Filling out forms to declare why we use our accounts. Pressure from America.

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Zichi

Eyebrows definitely shoot up. It’s always fun going into the other room to answer the additional questions from customs, but never an issue as Commodore mentioned.

That said, it’s my experience and I’ve not attempted suitcase(s) full of cash; just a few bundles. I use a furoshiki to keep the envelopes together.

As for the US pressure resulting in only one bank handling foreign checks and the additional forms, it’s a pain.

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Well, looks like they arrested a Cameroonian in connection with the murder. Could be related to one of these African marriage scam schemes that are going on.

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