Police on Sunday arrested a man on suspicion of abandoning a corpse, after his wife's body was found in the second floor bedroom of their home in Asahikawa in Hokkaido. Police said the woman appeared to have been strangled with a piece of string a day or two before her body was discovered.
The suspect, who has been identified as Tadashi Nagai, 63, is accused of dumping the body of his wife Takako, also aged 63, on March 31. Police visited the home after welfare workers reported that they had been unable to contact Nagai's 90-year-old mother, Toshi.
According to police, another woman's body was found in Nagai's garage. The woman's head had been wrapped in a polyethylene bag and police estimate that she died a month or two ago. Police are currently expediting identification of the body, which they believe to be that of Nagai's mother.
According to police, Nagai confessed to dumping the bodies, although he has not yet confessed to killing them.© Compiled from news reports