Police in Tokyo have arrested an unemployed 45-year-old man on suspicioning of abandoning the body of his father in the bathroom of their apartment in Nerima Ward.
The suspect, Hideyoshi Takeda, was quoted by police as saying his father, who was in his 80s, died in 2014, and he didn't know what to do with the body as he couldn't afford to pay for a funeral, Fuji TV reported. He also said that his father, in his will, asked that they remain together even after he died.
Takeda went to the Nerima city hall on Wednesday to apply for welfare. When the person in charge asked if he lived alone, he said his father had died three years ago. However, since no death certificate was on record, the welfare office contacted police.
Police on Thursday visited Takeda's apartment and found the remains of his father in vinyl bags in the bathtub.
Takeda continued to receive his father's pension after he died, police said.© Japan Today