Police said Friday that five people were found dead in a van in Fujinomiya, Shizuoka Prefecture, in what they believe to have been a family murder-suicide
Police said they received a tip-off from a member of the public at about 7 p.m. Thursday, saying that a van sealed with tape had been spotted in a car park. The five were a man and a woman in their 30s and three boys aged five, seven and 10, said an official at the Fujinomiya Police Department.
The five are believed to have died of carbon monoxide poisoning after burning charcoal pieces inside the vehicle -- a not uncommon method of taking one's own life in Japan.
"They also left a suicide note," the police spokesman said.© Japan Today/AFP