Police in Fukaya, Saitama Prefecture, said Wednesday they have arrested a 53-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of keeping the body of his 83-year-old mother at their home for four months.
According to police, Yoshikatsu Takada has admitted to the charge. He was quoted by police as saying his mother Yori died of natural causes at the end of July, Fuji TV reported. He said he left the body in the first-floor living room of the house because he didn’t know what to do.
Police received a call from the local ward office on Tuesday afternoon, notifying them that there had been no contact with Takada’s mother for months and they were concerned something may have happened to her. Police and a ward office employee went to the home where Takada told them that his mother had died.
Police are also investigating to see whether Takada continued to receive his mother’s pension after her death.© Japan Today