Police on Wednesday arrested a 61-year-old construction worker on suspicion of killing his younger brother, with whom he lived in Katsushika Ward's Higashi Kanamachi.
According to police, Nobuyasu Seki claimed that his brother, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia about 30 years ago, had requested that Seki kill him because he could no longer pay for his medication. Seki told police that it cost his brother about 20,000 yen for his monthly visit to the hospital.
The brother, 52-year-old Toshikazu Seki, was found dead in their apartment at 11:25 p.m. on Tuesday night, with a towel wrapped around his neck, apparently having died from suffocation. Police said Seki showed up at a neighborhood police box and said he had killed his brother.
He was quoted as saying, "Recently both my brother and I were having trouble finding work because of the economy, and he asked me to kill him. He told me: 'I just can't do it myself.' "© Wire reports