A 29-year-old unemployed man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of a 22-year-old female university student was found in an Ikebukuro hotel on Monday, police said Tuesday.
According to police, the suspect, identified as Masami Konno, accompanied by a friend, turned himself in at a Shibuya police station on Monday night and admitted his involvement in the death of the student, Mami Yoshihara.
Konno was quoted by police as saying, "We got to know each other at an Ikebukuro 'deai' (matchmaking) cafe and we went to a love hotel nearby. But we got into an argument over payment and I lost my temper and strangled her."
Police allege that Konno strangled Yoshihara to death at around dawn on Monday and then fled with her belongings. Based on information provided by Konno during questioning, police later found the victim's bag and its contents in the vicinity of the hotel.
"Deai" cafes were in the news a lot last year when police raided several of them in Toshima Ward. There have been several cases of schoolgirl prostitution being facilitated by such establishments.© Compiled from news reports