Police in Itami, Hyogo Prefecture, said Monday that the bodies of a 40-year-old man and his 4-year-old daughter were found in their home on Sunday night, in what appears to be a murder-suicide.
According to police, at around 7:30 p.m., an emergency phone call was placed by a 38-year-old woman, saying that she had been unable to reach her ex-husband, Kohei Takeda, Fuji TV reported. When officers arrived at Takeda's apartment, they found him and his daughter Yuri dead. Yuri had been strangled by a necktie and Takeda had hanged himself with another necktie from the steel bar of exercise equipment.
The woman who contacted police had divorced Takeda in November 2016 and had custody of Yuri. Takeda had been granted one day a month to be with Yuri and Sunday was the first day she was allowed to visit him since her parents' divorce. Yuri was supposed to be with her father until 5 p.m.
Police said there were no signs of anyone else having been in the apartment and suspect Takeda killed his daughter and then himself.© Japan Today