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Man arrested for dumping body of dead mother in suitcase

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Police on Thursday said they have arrested a 48-year-old man for abandoning the body of his mother in a suitcase in shrubbery beside a road in Saijo, Ehime Prefecture.

The decomposing body of Teruko Kawahara, 76, was found at around 6:40 p.m. last Saturday by a man walking in the area. He contacted police to report that a bad odor was coming from the suitcase.

Fuji TV reported that police arrested the woman's son, Kazuyuki Kawahara, on Wednesday after questioning him about his mother who had been missing for some time.

Kawahara, who is unemployed, was quoted by police as saying that his mother had died of natural causes.

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saying that his mother had died of natural causes.

Sure she did. Even if this were to be true, how do you stuff your dead mother into a suicase and throw it out in the boonies somewhere!

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The price of legally disposing of a body is rather prohibitive.

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The price of legally disposing of a body is rather prohibitive.

Especially when you'are no longer get fraudulent pension payments to finance your jobless lifestyle.

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This would have never crossed her mind 48 years ago. Killed by her son, dumped in a suitcase, what a pity.

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That was quick! How did they manage to find the source so quickly? Idiot probably still had the tag attached with his name and address on it.

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@ Nessie - Exactly

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If there are no wakes or ceremonies, cremation itself can be done for as little as 50,000 yen. It depends on the prefecture, city or town.

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Heartless gutless self absorbed ass ole, how could any one with a heart do that to a member of their familly ?

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What a creep! They do have state funerals for those who cannot afford it. This creep is just lying his butt off!

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Wow! ! Where is the love? He's 48 years old now poor broke and yes lonely! His poor mom poor mom probably died working hard and taking care of this careless leeching azz. I hope she can now rest in peace because from the looks of it she couldn't with the way he disposed her lifeless body.

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It depends on the prefecture, city or town.

Which means it could cost a lot more.

And I seriously doubt there is any way in heck you could get by with a 50,000 yen bill for a cremation and a coffee can for the ashes in Japan. You know there is going to be this fee, and that fee, a tax, and another fee and surcharge on top of that.

And I am not excusing him. I am just pointing that Japan is crazy expensive for a lot of things, and so, those who instantly cry murder should have a think.

Plus, he may not have any idea what he can get away with not doing to make it cheaper. Japanese really do not know these things. I do my own car tax and car inspection stuff (shaken) for about 60,000 yen. Japanese cannot believe I get off so cheap.

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Our beloved Lab died last May. Cost 3.000 yen to have his body cremated at our local crematorium. A neighbor, who is a retired city office employee, told us the cost to cremate a human corpse is also 3.000 yen. In fact, the same crematorium is used for both pets and people. The cost is subsidized by our city. Cremation costs can be low. Funeral costs, I would imagine, are high.

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It is your mother. You dont stick her in a suitcase for any reason at all. It doesn't matter what the costs are. You don't just stuff your mother into a suitcase and throw her out in the woods. If he had dug a ditch somewhere out in the forrest and buried her there because he could not afford the bill or the state would not help him pay for it, I could understand that a little better. But shoving her into a suitcase and chucking her by the side of the road? Gruesome man with no soul at all.

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And I seriously doubt there is any way in heck you could get by with a 50,000 yen bill for a cremation and a coffee can for the ashes in Japan. You know there is going to be this fee, and that fee, a tax, and another fee and surcharge on top of that.

Cremation does cost an average of 50,000 yen and depending on the area in which you live, you can get around 50,000 yen back if you apply to your local government office. In such a case, cremation is basically free.

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I know that funerals in Japan are expensive, but really, putting the body in a suitcase?!?

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May she now rest in peace.

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Thank you for all that information on the cost of cremation. Assuming its all true that it can be done cheaply, I highly doubt the average Japanese is aware of it. I also suspect there would be tremendous pressure from the family if the son tried to do it on the cheap.

And keep in mind I am not trying to excuse of defend this crime. I am just floating a possible motive.

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I highly doubt the average Japanese is aware of it.

It is common knowledge. I actually doubt there are that many people that don't know about it. The fee is paid to the crematorium.

If there were a wake and funeral, family members and other guests would give some money. Depending on the number of people, this can defray the cost, sometimes completely.

I am just floating a possible motive.

And I am just explaining why your motive is unlikely.

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She probably dif die of natural causes, but he just didnt know how to dispose of it.

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I hear the cost of funeral services in Japan are quite high, is that why we see cases like this? Even if someone had die of natural causes (can seem suspicious), dumping a body is sad. Especially if it's family, I couldn't imagine just throwing my Mum somewhere in a suitcase after she passed away. Do you think he feels any remorse for his actions?

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