Police in Mooka City, Tochigi Prefecture, have arrested an unemployed 46-year-old man on suspicion of abandoning a body after the decaying remains of his 68-year-old mother were found at their apartment.
According to police, Toshiyuki Hashimoto has admitted to the charge and said his mother died of an illness about three weeks ago, Fuji TV reported. Police said there were no external signs of injury on the body and an autopsy will be held to determine the cause of death.
Hashimoto was quoted by police as saying, “Since I didn’t have money to hold a funeral, I just left [my mother’s] body as is.”
Police said the woman's body was discovered by her oldest daughter who came to the apartment for a visit on July 18. The landlord had called her, saying something strange was going on in the apartment after seeing swarms of flies going in and out of an open window.© Japan Today