Bodies of elderly couple found in refrigerator; police search for son


Police in Fukuoka City are looking for a man in his 50s after the bodies of his 88-year-old father and his 87-year-old mother were found in a large refrigerator at their home on Monday.

According to police, the bodies of Hirokazu Matsumoto and his wife Makie were found inside a large commercial refrigerator which had been unplugged, at around noon on Monday, Sankei Shimbun reported. The bodies were found by police after a relative called 110 to report that there had been no contact with the family for a long time.

Police said the bodies had started to decay and that the glass doors to the refrigerator were taped shut. Police said there were no signs of external injuries on either body.

The whereabouts of the couple’s son remain unknown.

The Matsumoto residence in Nishi Ward is a two-story building that once operated as a liquor store. The bodies were recovered from the refrigerator on the first floor.

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The son was probably pocketing the pension until now…

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Check the freezer?

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I bet he is unemployed

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Some people have a very macabre sense of humour, I love it :)

The suggestion Jim came up with might have been his motivation, though it doesn’t seem he has had time to gain much. Panic and didn’t know what to do when they died? He poisoned them both (intentionally or unintentionally)?

There are lots of possibilities give our severely limited supply of facts.

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Japan is getting more and more scary every day.

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Yep, getting the pension.

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I hope the guy is found soon, this may be a desperate person and could cause serious damage to others in that desperation. Stuffing people on a refrigeration is a sign of a twisted mind, even if the person who did it was not the son.

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That's gotta be one huge refrigerator! If it was about pension, I can tell you for the average worker, it's not much. That's why so many elderly people in Japan commit petty crimes. They want to be put in jail for the food and cell accommodation

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Why is having corpses at home trending in Japan?

Too much people is doing it.

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Why is having corpses at home trending in Japan?

It isn't. Why are you asking rethorical questions?

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Heartbreaking, Long ago I noticed Japan lacks the sense of family or , community, or the unconditional love family members provide. So many times I read about close family members inflect serious pain and damage to one another.

I am sure other nation have similar problems but I feel Japan has more cases, going to a church, a mosque, a temple, or a synagogue or any gatherings on a regular bases helps keep families and a communities closer to one another.

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It's a weekly occurrence so, yeah, you could say that it's trending.

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Agree with Smith, Biden.

Read three articles about it this week.

Be nicer.

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WOW, this guy must hated his parents. How could you do this to the people who created you. Lately I have been reading many stories where Japan is a very safe place to live, but when it comes to family where is the love? Japanese people seem cold blooded towards family members it seems they treat one another as if they are acquaintances and not relatives. Can someone explain why?

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Pension parasite for sure. Need to teach late teen-early 20s to stand on their own two feet but then the parents don’t get a full time care. Catch 22z

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Can someone explain why?

Of course, we all can, but if we would and something happened one day it would make us suspicious. lol

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I'm curious as to why they didn't say the bodies were "abandoned" in a refrigerator as they normally classify an unburied body found inside a house.

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Corpses at home is nothing new to Japan. Been going on forever.

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This reminds me about that Rolling Stones song and video for 'Too Much Blood' from 1984. Sad to see it when it's true to life.

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